On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 03:47:04AM +0900, Andrew Libby wrote:
> At the end of the day, it's a hash cloaked in object clothing.

Perhaps you want Struct or OpenStruct (both in the standard install; for the
latter you will need to require 'ostruct.rb')

From /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/ostruct.rb:

# OpenStruct allows you to create data objects and set arbitrary attributes.
# For example:
#
#   require 'ostruct'
#
#   record = OpenStruct.new
#   record.name    = "John Smith"
#   record.age     = 70
#   record.pension = 300
#
#   puts record.name     # -> "John Smith"
#   puts record.address  # -> nil
#
# It is like a hash with a different way to access the data.  In fact, it is
# implemented with a hash, and you can initialize it with one.
#
#   hash = { "country" => "Australia", :population => 20_000_000 }
#   data = OpenStruct.new(hash)
#
#   p data        # -> <OpenStruct country="Australia" population=20000000>