Ryan Pavlik wrote:

>Basically, in Ruby, you _do_ have what C++/Java would call a "static
>class member", and you also have something else---@@class variables.
>It's mostly the term here that's confusing, I think.
>
No, @variables are like normal instance variables in C++.  They 
*definitely* aren't like C++ 'static's. 
@@variables aren't like C++ statics either, but that's not necessarily a 
*bad* thing - it's just... different ;)