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Salai K. (Guest)
on 2009-06-03 19:07
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Dear Freinds,

Class Method and Singletons are the same?

Can you explain me with some simple code.

Many thanks in advance,

matt neuburg (Guest)
on 2009-06-03 21:56
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salai <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:

> Class Method and Singletons are the same?

No, not quite.

> Can you explain me with some simple code.

It's very simple. There are really no class methods; there are only
instance methods. It is convenient to talk about class methods, but in
Ruby things are very elegant: a class is itself an instance (of the
Class class), and so a "class method" is merely an instance method of
that instance (i.e. an instance method of an instance of the Class

Okay, so when you define a class method by saying

class C
def C.my_method
end are doing EXACTLY the same thing that you are doing when you
define an instance method on any individual instance:

thing =
def thing.my_method

Exactly WHAT same thing? You are opening the instance and defining an
instance method applicable to that instance only. That is the
"singleton". So when you define a class method you are actually creating
a singleton instance method on that Class instance.


PS By the way, in a completely different context (a proposed book about
rb-appscript) I have written an "introduction to Ruby" chapter that
might help you with these concepts. It's here:

Hope this helps.
Salai K. (Guest)
on 2009-06-05 03:03
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Hi matt,

thanks you very much for your explanation and your "Ruby introduction"
book link.

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