Injected, Inspected, Detected, Infected, Neglected and Selected

29 April, 2014




If you want to know some cool history of Smalltalk, and perhaps this is a strong argument in actually *being* a Smalltalk and not trying to distance yourself from that rich and lovely heritage…. anyway, here goes:


On 04/28/2014 08:14 PM, Alain Busser wrote:

> Also, Ruby is famous for these methods:

> *select

> *reject

> *collect

> do these names not remind you something 😉 ?


There is a funny story about these verbs. Martin McClure told me at ESUG in Brest to ask Dan Ingalls about it, hinting that they are “inspired”

by a famous song.


And thus I did ask Dan in my interview with him I did a few years back over Skype (it is an interesting interview, for example – was there an inspiration from biology when Smalltalk was created?):


…the song in question is by Arlo Guthrie:


…and here is a URL to the lyrics of it:


(search down to “injected”!) …or just let me quote:


“They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street, Where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, Neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one Day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning.”


…now… where do we stuff in #neglect:? 🙂


regards, Göran

3 Responses to “Injected, Inspected, Detected, Infected, Neglected and Selected”

  1. Mitdasein Says:

    Reblogged this on kalountos and commented:
    Too bad we can’t use #neglect as an operand to any M$ API calls …

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