Tracking Object instances in VisualAge for Smaltalk

InstanceCounter is a tool that can be used to watch the number of instances present in your image.  It can be started from the Transcript Philemon menu or by evaluating:

InstanceCountMonitor openOnClasses: #( ByteArray Process)
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The menu item named “Pointers 1st instance” opens the PointerFinder tool. This is a tool to find the path on which an object is referenced.  It is based on an implementation in VisualWorks by Hans-Martin Mosner (c) 1995.  The algorithm is based on an idea by Wim Boot.

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Both tools are part of the “Philemon Tools” configuration map and can be be downloaded from

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