#: Gavin Kistner changed the world a bit at a time by saying on  8/21/2005 7:29 PM :#
> On Aug 21, 2005, at 9:04 AM, Alexandru Popescu wrote:
>>> Sorry, I don't know Java (any more). Are you describing a global   
>>> function that is only available to instance methods of a certain   
>>> class, which is invoked without an explicit receiver?
>>>
>>
>> Nope. I was talking about:
>> [code]
>> public class ExampleClass {
>>     public static void staticMethod() {
>>         // illegal access to any instance field
>>         System.out.println("staticMethod");
>>     }
>> }
>>
>> ExampleClass.staticMethod(); // prints the message; no instance of  
>> ExampleClass is available
>> ExampleClass ec= new ExampleClass();
>> ec.staticMethod(); // prints the message; not recommended but works
> 
> I don't know of a built-in mechanism to do this in Ruby, other than  
> something like:
> 
> class Foo
>      def self.staticMethod
>          puts "staticMethod"
>      end
>      def staticMethod
>          self.class.staticMethod
>      end
> end
> 
> There are things you could do to make it easier to set this up, so  
> you might only have to type something like:
> class Foo
>      static_method :foo {
>          # your_code_here
>      }
> end
> but that would just be a fancy interface to setting up a method on  
> both the class and its instances.
> 
> 
> You say that it's not recommended, so I gather this isn't a big  
> issue. Is there some specific use case where you find this useful?
> 
> 

Actually I was trying to clarify my mind. No, I am not gonna use such a thing (taking into account 
that however it is wrong).

:alex |.::the_mindstorm::.|