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23 Jun 2010, 02:29
Malcolm Arnold (21 posts)

Pg 63 has the following code:

class Greeter
def initialize(name)
@name = name
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def name
def name=(new_name)
@name = new_name
g ="Barney" )
puts #=> Barney = "Betty"
puts #=> Betty 


Shouldn’t the 2nd to last line of code be: "Betty" 


With no space between name and = as indicates a method call? Whereas, the way it is written indicates an assignment of value?

If I am wrong Sam, pardon me as I just learning Ruby(read half way through 2 Ruby books before starting this one).

23 Jun 2010, 03:26
John H Simmonds (13 posts)

I’m also a starter Rubyist but I grabbed a copy of Programming Ruby 1.9 .. right there on p133 is a Section on Assignment. The code line you’ve mentioned doesn’t care about the space because you’ve got an Object reference in the lvalue, so Ruby invokes the @name=@ method on the @Greeter@ instance. (this is the second form of assignment)

23 Jun 2010, 04:18
Malcolm Arnold (21 posts)

Thanks John,

For providing the page number so I could look up the reference in Programming Ruby 1.9. I had forgotten this syntatic sugar. I didn’t understand the explanation there as well as I did on pages 69,70 of the Well Grounded Rubyist. This may be due to the fact that I haven’t read through Programming Ruby 1.9 to get the specific explanation on page 134. From what I gather on page 134, this is a change in versions >= Ruby 1.8.

Thanks again.

23 Jun 2010, 05:45
Seth Arnold (22 posts)

At least 1.8 behaved the same way:

$ irb1.8
irb(main):001:0> class Foo
irb(main):002:1> attr_accessor :name
irb(main):003:1> end
=> nil
irb(main):004:0> f =
=> #<Foo:0x7fb08a218ff8>
irb(main):005:0> = "hello"
=> "hello"
=> "hello"
23 Jun 2010, 14:20
Malcolm Arnold (21 posts)

From what I understood(if correctly) on page 134 of Programming Ruby, this was for anything < Ruby 1.8 (i.e. 1.7 and below). There is an example on 134 that shows how it would be interpreted in 1.7(and below) and how starting in 1.8.

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