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6.7 Code blocks, part two

In the last chapter, we looked at how code blocks could be used to build conditional expressions, and how you could iterate across all entries in a collection.1 We built our own code blocks, and handed them off for use by system objects. But there is nothing magic about invoking code blocks; your own code will often need to do so. This chapter will shows some examples of loop construction in Smalltalk, and then demonstrate how you invoke code blocks for yourself.


[1] The do: message is understood by most types of Smalltalk collections. It works for the Dictionary class, as well as sets, arrays, strings, intervals, linked lists, bags, and streams. The keysDo: message, for example, works only with dictionaries.