On Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:39:43 +0900, Peter
<Peter.Vanbroekhoven / cs.kuleuven.ac.be> wrote:
> In RCR 277 it is proposed to have def return something useful, more
> specifically the symbol under which the method is defined. Something like
> this has been proposed/requested a few times on ruby-talk too (dating back
> as far as 2001 [ruby-talk:15434]).
> 
> At https://developer.berlios.de/project/showfiles.php?group_id=1216&release_id=4105
> you can find a patch that implements the idea but returns an UnboundMethod
> instead of a symbol (or a Method when defining a singleton method). It
> extends Module#public/private/protected to take a single (Unbound)?Method
> as parameter. The patch is against the source of Ruby 1.8.2.
> 
> I'm still in the dark about the true speed hit of this change, as it
> actually seems to run slightly faster on my machine, or at least for the
> few tests I've conducted.
> 
> Disclaimer: the existence of this patch does not reflect whether or not
> I'm in favor of actually having this in Ruby. I'm just building these
> things because that is the best way for me to learn about Ruby's 'guts'.

A Method still isn't good, because you can't easily get the name of
the Method without calling #inspect.

-austin
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