The .METHODS environment symbol identifies a directory (see The Directory Class) of methods that ::METHOD directives in the currently running program define. The directory indexes are the method names. The directory values are the method objects. See The Method Class.
Only methods and/or attributes that are not preceded by a ::CLASS directive are in the .METHODS directory. These are known as floating methods. If there are no such methods, the .METHODS symbol has the default value of .METHODS.
/* .methods contains one entry with the index (method name) "TALK" */ o=.object~enhanced(.methods) /* create object, enhance it with methods */ o~talk("echo this text") /* test "TALK" method */ ::method talk /* floating method by the name of "TALK" */ use arg text /* retrieve the argument */ say text /* display received argument */