Creating and naming variables dynamic

Hi all,

I want to create a variable dynamic. I have defined some classes and
depending on data I get from a database I need to construct an object
eg:

now I do

if type==“car”
variab = Car.new
elsif type=“boat”
variab = Boat.new
end

can I do something like
variab = Instance.new(type)

Following this: can I give dynamic variablenames?
now I do
if type==“car”
car_string = Car.new
elsif type=“boat”
boat_string = Boat.new
end

can I do something like
dynamicpart_string = Instance.new(type)

Regards,
Stijn

On 28 Apr 2008, at 16:05, Tarscher wrote:

variab = Car.new
elsif type=“boat”
variab = Boat.new
end

can I do something like
variab = Instance.new(type)

Not quite. but if you can construct a string containing the class
name, the some_string.constantize.new should work.
I’ve no idea what you’re doing, but activerecord’s single table
inheritance (STI) may be of interest.

dynamicpart_string = Instance.new(type)

not cleanly (and my instinct is that if you do this you will be
entering a world of pain)

Fred

Hi Stijn,

for dynamic variable names take a look at instance_variable_set:

inst_var = “wallyworld”
instance_variable_set("@" + inst_var, value)

which assigns some value, ‘value’ to the variable ‘@wallyworld

and instance_variable_get:

value = instance_variable_get("@" + inst_var)

which retrieves the value ‘value’ from the variable ‘@wallyworld

Regards

Walter

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