William (Bill) Froelich wrote:
> I'm also a newbie so others feel free to correct me as well ;-)
> 
> Your understanding is correct in that @name applies to the specific
> instance of the class and the @@name applies to all instances of the
> class.

This may be wrong, but I like to think of @@ as a class variable and @ 
as a method variable. @@ is accessible by any method in the class and @ 
is accessible by the method only.