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Primitive Methods
Last updated at 12:16 pm UTC on 26 June 2005
A primitive method is a Method that invokes behavior in the Virtual Machine (Overview) or a plugin. Primitive methods provide functionality that is not available from normal Smalltalk methods.

For example, there are primitive methods for I/O For example:

Additionally, there are methods to implement parts of Smalltalk semantics. For example:

To implement your own primitive method, see Named Primitives.
FFI defines its own kind of primitive methods and thus provides similar functionality.