Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Symbol to_proc Hack

Usually, when we create a proc, the proc object captures the variables that is in the creation context. However, in Symbol#to_proc,  the object obj that is in: {|obj| obj.send(self) }

is not in the surrounding context of the proc object. At this point there is no 'obj' object. So, within the Symbol class to_proc method, there is no obj. When the & ampersand trigger is executed, the map method yields a block variable, this block variable gets associated to the obj object. This is a subtle concept. We can bind values to the block variable in the proc object at run-time. This is a very powerful concept we can use when we develop libraries.

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