Forum: Ruby Why does this work?

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Garth W. (Guest)
on 2006-01-01 01:45
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Hi,

thread = Thread.new(thread) do |thisThread|
       # thisThread.exit
        puts "object id = #{thisThread.object_id}"
end

The code above seems to work, thisThread is the same as thread
(proved by uncommenting out the line), however in most languages this
would not work (I would expect thisThread to be nil), why does it
work in ruby and is it considered good practice?

Also is there a better way to access the current thread?

Thanks.

Garth.
Dominik B. (Guest)
on 2006-01-01 03:18
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On Sun, 01 Jan 2006 00:42:46 +0100, Garth W. 
<removed_email_address@domain.invalid>
wrote:

> is it considered good practice?
It doesn't work:

this_thread is nil, so this_tread.exit just calls the private method
Kernel#exit with a receiver, this is not allowed, so an exception is
thrown and the thread terminates, but you don't see the exception. The
following code should make it clear:

thread = Thread.new(a = thread) do |this_thread|
	puts "object id = #{this_thread.object_id}"
	puts "thread id = #{Thread.current.object_id}"
	begin
		this_thread.exit
	rescue Exception => e
		p e
	end
end
p thread.object_id
p a.object_id
p a

Output:
object id = 4
thread id = -604525186
#<NoMethodError: private method `exit' called for nil:NilClass>
-604525186
4
nil


Code like

x = x + 1

without defining x before this line works, because after the parser saw
"x
=", it knows that x is a variable, so "x" later returns nil (which seems
to be the default value for an uninitialized variable).

The above code results in:

irb(main):027:0> x = x + 1
NoMethodError: undefined method `+' for nil:NilClass
         from (irb):27
         from :0

> Also is there a better way to access the current thread?

Thread.current (see above)

Dominik
Garth W. (Guest)
on 2006-01-01 12:31
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Thanks Dominik,

That explains everything.

Garth.
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