RE: packages, modules

You misread this. There is no call on that line, just
setting the variable t to the contents of the variable MD5, which is
identical to Digest::MD5. The rest of your explanation is
based on this
misreading, unfortunately.

Oops being new to Ruby shows out here and Greg has pointed me in the
right direction.

class MD5
} You’ve asked the MD5 Class if it accepts the message/method
.md5. The
} class does not have this method but instances of objects
made with the
} class do. So you could have written.
} t = Digest::MD5 # create an instance of the MD5 class

Nononononono. That comment is incorrect. There is no instance creation
occurring on that line.

Again oops. The equivalent should have been‘not quite so confused now’)

So based on Greg’s details I would think the equivalents would be:-

require ‘md5’
=> true
my_md5 = MD5.md5(‘clearer’)
=> ac27b86fdde5ffd474a51a0d7715dc56
=> “\254’\270o\335\345\377\324t\245\032\rw\025\334V”


require ‘digest/md5’
=> true
my_md5 =‘clearer’)
=> ac27b86fdde5ffd474a51a0d7715dc56
=> “\254’\270o\335\345\377\324t\245\032\rw\025\334V”

/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/md5.rb aliases the class Digest::MD5 to MD5 and adds
the Class method MD5.md5 which is implemented as an alias to the
constructor new.

This is both patronizing and involves a certain amount of the
pot calling
the kettle black. Yeesh.

Next time I’ll fire up IRB and check my results before posting. Thanks
for pointing out my errors and helping me learn.