4.5. Objects and Classes
Ruby wouldn't be much of an object-oriented language if you weren't able to define your own classes and objects. The next few sections show you how.
4.5.1. Defining and Instantiating Classes
Classes are defined through the class keyword, followed by the capitalized name of the class. The name needs to be capitalized because, as mentioned before, classes in Ruby are constants:
class Account end
As usual, the definition is terminated by end, and any line of code contained between class and end forms the body of the class. From the defined class you can obtain an object by invoking the new method:
account = Account.new account.class # Account
By employing the Object#is_a? method, you can determine whether or not an object is an instance of a given class:
account.is_a? Account # true
The same method can also be used to verify if a class is a superclass of the class of an instance (or an ancestor class in the inheritance hierarchy):
account.is_a? Object # true
The preceding line tells you that Object is a superclass or an ancestor for the Account class. It's actually a superclass as you can see if you run the following:
account.class.superclass # Object
You may notice that no method is specified in the Account class, but it was still possible to instantiate it thanks to the fact that the constant Account is a Class object, and as such, it has access to a new method for creating instances.
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An empty class defined in this manner ...