Undefined method 'auth' for MyLibrary:Class

I have a file my_library.rb in the lib folder.
class MyLibrary
def auth(username,password)
end
end

I know it doesn’t do anything yet, but I wanted to eliminate the
possibility of errors in the method.

class MyController < ApplicationController
require ‘my_library’
def index
MyLibrary.auth(“username”,“password”)
end

end

As I try to invoke the auth method from the controller above I get
this exception:

NoMethodError in Person summary requestsController#index

undefined method `auth’ for MyLibrary:Class
RAILS_ROOT: /Users/peterivie/AptanaProjects/AMC

Application Trace | Framework Trace | Full Trace
app/controllers/person_summary_requests_controller.rb:16:in index' -e:2:inload’
-e:2

I also tried MyLibrary::auth(“username”,“password”)

I am new to Ruby so I am probably missing something obvious. I am
trying to create some code to download xml from a (non-rails) REST API.

Hi –

On Wed, 9 Apr 2008, cumom wrote:

I also tried MyLibrary::auth(“username”,“password”)

I am new to Ruby so I am probably missing something obvious. I am
trying to create some code to download xml from a (non-rails) REST API.

You’ve defined auth as an instance method, not a class method. Try
this:

class MyLibrary
def self.auth … etc.

David


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Thanks for the quick response.
Your suggestion and a server reboot fixed it.
That’s probably something I would understand better if I had payed
more attention in my class on object oriented programming years ago. I
will assume the difference is that class methods can be called without
creating an actual object (or instance of the class). That makes
sense.

Thanks again, I should have asked about 4 hours of head beating ago.

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