Smalltalk is powerful because all Smalltalk data are programs–all information is embodied by running, living objects. Class programming in Smalltalk is simply data manipulating programs that are themselves data–it’s the inverse of the Lisp philosophy, but the end result is the same. It’s what enables the Smalltalk debugger to freeze, dissect, modify, and resume programs mid-execution. It’s what enables the browser to instantly find all objects that respond to a given message, or all superclasses and subclasses of a given object, or every running instance of a given class. It’s why the Smalltalk IDE isn’t just written in the language, it quite literally is the language.

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