Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Initialize method, part of Ruby: Classes and Modules.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I want us to learn…about the Initialize Method and see how…it can help you to create objects with…sensible defaults or with customizations.…The Initialize Method is a method in Ruby…that's called automatically whenever a new instance…of a class is created.…So, for example, if you call ShoppingCart.new…then Ruby will automatically call a method named Initialize.…It's useful for being able to set attributes…to either default state or to a specific state.…And we set it to a specific state by providing arguments.…
You provide arguments to the new method…and they get passed on to the Initialized Method.…So, for example, if we have a class called Animal…as an attribute accessor for noise…and we then define a method called Initialize.…Whenever we create a new instance of the Animal class,…Initialize will automatically get called.…Inside the Initialize Method I have here,…you can see I'm setting the noise to a default value,…which is just 'Oink!', and then I'm outputting some text.…That's just so I can see that this is actually…
- Defining a custom class
- Working with instances of a class
- Class and instance attributes and methods
- Class inheritance
- Working with dates and times
- Using modules as namespaces and mixins
- Raising and handling exceptions
Skill Level Beginner
2. Class Attributes and Methods
4. Dates and Times
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