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Article:
  Objective-C: Dynamite!
Subject:   [ syntax explaination ]
Date:   2003-05-18 06:44:04
From:   a.langmead
Response to: Intelligent and well-informed

When Objective-C advocates say that the language is the addtion of Smalltalk-style objects to the C language, they mean it. In smalltalk square braces create a code block that can be passed around or called.


For example, the chunk of code below will ask object a to compare itself to b and return a True or False object repending on the result. The Boolean object will be sent the ifTrue: message with a block as the argument. The booleans that are instatiated from the 'True' class will execute the block, ones from 'False' will ignore it.


( a > b ) ifTrue:
[ Transcript show: 'a is bigger than b'. ]