Create named objects


#1

Hello,

want to do the following:

name = “input”
clazz = “String”
value = “test”

<<>>

puts(input) -> “test”
input.class() -> String

Thanks in advance,

Roland


#2

Hi –

On Thu, 2 Mar 2006, removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

<<>>
string

in your insert magic here:

evs = “#{name} = #{clazz}.new( #{value} )”
eval( evs )

That will create a new inner scope, so if there’s no variable named
input already, there won’t be one when the eval exits. (Which is
good, because otherwise we’d probably be seeing a lot of this kind of
thing :slight_smile:

The best advice, though it’s not exactly an answer to the question,
is: use a hash.

name = “input”
value = “test”
value_hash[name] = test

rather than the “soft reference”-style (to borrow a Perl phrase) way
of creating locals.

David


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#3

Roland S. wrote:

puts(input) -> “test”
input.class() -> String

Thanks in advance,

Roland

a pretty straight forward way is to just use the eval function on a
string

in your insert magic here:

evs = “#{name} = #{clazz}.new( #{value} )”
eval( evs )


#4

On Mar 1, 2006, at 11:33 AM, removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

<<>>
string

in your insert magic here:

evs = “#{name} = #{clazz}.new( #{value} )”
eval( evs )

alternatively:

name = “input”
clazz = “String”
value = “test”

(class << self; self; end).class_eval { define_method(name)
{ const_get(clazz).new(value) } }

puts(input)
puts input.class

There are several disadvantages to this approach.

  1. input is a method not really a variable and therefore its scope
    is gonna be all sorts of wrong
  2. Since it is a method, assigning to it is not necessarily going to
    work the way you want

Advantages ares that yo don’t have to worry about the having seen an
assignment to it business and you don’t have to invoke the parser

Yet another method would be
instance_variable_set("@#{name}", Object.const_get(clazz).new(value))

Unfortunately now you have to refer to it as @input. It also has
some scoping issues.