Forum: Ruby Getting Object From String?

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Hunter's Lists (Guest)
on 2005-12-15 00:11
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Howdy,

I have a class called 'NewsItem'.

In one of my Rails classes, I have a place to pass in a string (from a
HTTP
parameter). That string's value is 'NewsItem', the class name.

How can I convert that to use as the class?

I.e.

@model = params[:modelname]
@items = @model.find(:all)

This doesn't work. I was hoping it would work the same way as:
@items = NewsItem.find(:all)

How can I pull this off?

Thanks!
Eero S. (Guest)
on 2005-12-15 00:19
Hunter's Lists wrote:
> Howdy,
>
> I have a class called 'NewsItem'.
>
> In one of my Rails classes, I have a place to pass in a string (from a
> HTTP
> parameter). That string's value is 'NewsItem', the class name.
>
> How can I convert that to use as the class?
>
> I.e.
>
> @model = params[:modelname]
> @items = @model.find(:all)
>
> This doesn't work. I was hoping it would work the same way as:
> @items = NewsItem.find(:all)
>
> How can I pull this off?

# This takes into account nested class names
@model = params[:modelname].split('::').inject(Object) {|parent, klass|
parent.const_get klass}

> Thanks!


E
James G. (Guest)
on 2005-12-15 00:20
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On Dec 14, 2005, at 4:10 PM, Hunter's Lists wrote:

> I.e.
>
> @model = params[:modelname]
> @items = @model.find(:all)

Try changing the last line to:

@items = Object.const_get(@model).find(:all)

Hope that helps.

James Edward G. II
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