What is attr_accessor?

I even don’t know what attr_accessor is.

On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:25 AM, tenxian [email protected] wrote:

I even don’t know what attr_accessor is.

#attr_accessor is a method of Module.
http://ruby-doc.org/core/classes/Module.html

Perhaps you might want to pickup a copy of the pickaxe book (
http://www.pragprog.com/titles/ruby/programming-ruby). It will firmly
ground
you in the fundamentals of the language.

(attr_accessor, by the way, simply defines setter and getter methods for
each symbol passed as a parameter)

Christopher

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tenxian wrote:
| I even don’t know what attr_accessor is.

There is this wonderful thing called ‘search engine’, which helps in
answering questions:

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ruby%20attr_accessor&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

In short: attr_accessor is shorthand to define getters and setters.

For example:

attr_accessor :my_variable creates the methods to assign and to read the
instance variable ‘@my_variable’. Which saves you from defining these
methods yourself.


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I even don’t know what attr_accessor is.

attr_accessor :colour in your class would allow you do to this:

class Dog
attr_accessor :colour
end

jimmy = Dog.new
jimmy.colour = ‘brown’

puts jimmy.colour # “brown”
jimmy.colour = ‘black’

puts jimmy.colour # “black”

As far as i know the name attr_accessor is chosen because it unites both
attr_reader (getter method) and attr_writer (setter method). (There also
exists attr :foo but I never use attr )

tenxian wrote:

I even don’t know what attr_accessor is.

class Dog

def initialize(a_name)
@name = a_name
end

def name #get the name
return @name
end

def name=(a_name) #set the name
@name = a_name
end

end

d = Dog.new(“Spot”)
puts d.name #Spot

d.name = “Red”
puts d.name #Red

======compare to: ============

class Dog
attr_accessor :name

def initialize(a_name)
@name = a_name
end

end

d = Dog.new(“Spot”)
puts d.name #Spot

d.name = “Red”
puts d.name #Red

http://www.ruby-doc.org/docs/UsersGuide/rg/accessors.html

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