Ruby dynamic method calling

 Dec, 05 - 2008   21 comments   metaprogrammingRuby

I’m pretty sure that you have heard lots about ruby, specially as being a dynamic language, you can create methods on the fly, add instance variables, define constants and invoke existing methods dynamically , and that’s what this post is all about :

As you know in ruby you can call a public instance method directly ,ex :

One way to invoke a method dynamically in ruby is to send a message to the object :

A second way is instantiate a method object and then call it:

And the third way is to use the eval method:

Well, when to use what?

look at this script, it will be used to benchmark the 3 ways of calling :

Well as you can see, instantiating a method object is the fastest dynamic way in calling a method, also notice how slow using eval is.

Also when sending a message to an object , or when instantiating a method object , u can call private methods of that object :


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