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Thread: Symbols as function names?
05-22-2012, 04:39 PM #1
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Symbols as function names?
I think the biggest road block I have with ruby right now is symbols. I'm not quite grasping their use.
So far as I understand it, its an efficiency system of using the same short string multiple times, as an identifier (such as for a hash key). However, I'm not seeing their use/purpose beyond that.
Further more, one of the guides I'm currently following (Learning Ruby the Hard Way), defines a function, then uses a symbol of the function name to reference it. Are function names automatically defined as symbols? As a function name has to be unique, why use a symbol to represent it? Is this acting more like a pointer?
06-01-2012, 10:16 AM #2
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What's the example from Learning Ruby the Hard Way that you're referring to?
I use symbols purely for efficiency. I'm guessing the example is passing some method a method name as a string, and is looking up the method to call it. Hopefully I can tell you more after seeing the example.