Hey Everyone,
Vinsol is proudly taking charge to spread Rubyism in delhi and to grow the Ruby & Rails communities here in New Delhi, India. We are organizing delhi.rb meetups around once every month, the meetup is all about ruby and rails as well. The meetup was on 19th July 2007 was our second meetup, first was on 22nd June 2007.

Manik presenting SOLR
Manik presenting SOLR

Me presenting Some Advance Ruby Skills
Me presenting Some Advance Ruby Skills

More photos here.

It was really a nice experience attending the meetup, sharing the ruby/rails thoughts and upcoming features. It helps keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest trends in this technology domain at least in Ruby and Rails(what else m talking except ruby :D). So, there were two presentations in the meetup — first Manik presented Full text search implementation for Rails using SOLR(it was really an interesting presentation, i got SOLR learning for free, thanks Manik :)), second I presented Some Advance Ruby Skills which i am going to share in this post too. Though in the first meetup I presented Caching on RubyOnRails but i haven’t posted here…

Some Advance Ruby Skills

1.) Everything is object

A popular phrase about Ruby, “Everything is Object”. At the root of the ruby it is Object. Everything we define in ruby is object. Even the classes we define are actually object. A class defined with class ClassName; end is actually an object of the class Class.
The Object keeps the record of whatever class or module we define. We can justify it as

2.) module_eval

Use module_eval to define instance and class methods of a class at runtime, when you are outside the class.
example 1
defining an instance method

example 2
defining a class method

example 3
another form of using module_eval
when method body is available as a String object

3.) alias_method

It is NOT method call delegation but insertion of customized functionalities on a specific method call.

4.) The Anonymous class

I just presented same a la this post

5.) send

Calling a method when method name is stored as a string object in a variable i.e. you can not see which method to call.
example 1
when method name is simply stored as a String object

example 2
making set method at runtime

example 3
this is interesting, when attribute name itself is send

well, don’t say “what if attribute name is __send__” :P

6.) The Method class

Methods of the class are objects of the Method class when retrieved with the method method and can be called with the method call.
example 1
anything we define with def-end is an object of the class Method

example 2
method can hold the object’s reference and associated instance variables

example 3
we are able to let this method object flow throughout the application code and let it available anywhere in the code.

7.) what is “self”

I just presented a la this post

8.) Single Method Delegation – using Forwardable

Allows you to delegate named method calls to other objects.

Notice the beauty of ruby here… The methods [], []= of a hash object are usually called as

BUT in the above delegation code we are calling them as(delegating the method call on them as)

9.) Full class Delegation – using Delegator

Extending an object(instance of Class) with the capabilities of another.

10.) SimpleDelegator

Write memory optimized code with SimpleDelegator…

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