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Testing an Object

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Some objects understand messages that answer boolean true or false values. You can use these to test to see if an object is of a particular kind or in a particular state. Try these examples:

'this is not an integer' isInteger.

5 between: 0 and: 10.

$A isLowercase.

charlie respondsTo: #>=.

 

This last expression asks to see if charlie can understand a #>= message. We've already seen above that it can't so the false answer comes as no surprise.

Tip: many testing messages take the form #isXXX. You'll find that this helps to make code easy to read and also gives an indication that the message will answer a boolean value.