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What are some advantages of using Ruby?

You want a programmer who can really play to the strengths of the Ruby programming language. Here are some of the key advantages of this language:

  • Pure Object-Oriented Language: Everything in Ruby is an object—even methods, classes, and booleans. This greatly simplifies things from the coder’s perspective and opens up a range of possibilities.
  • Open-Source: Ruby is 100% free and open-source, with a large and enthusiastic community that can be tapped into as a resource.
  • Metaprogramming: Ruby is widely considered to be one of the best programming languages out there for metaprogramming, or the ability to write code that can act on other code instead of data.
  • Clean and Simple Syntax: The syntax is simple and concise, which allows developers to solve complex programs with fewer lines of code. It also helps that the code is human readable, and easy to follow.

How would you freeze an object in Ruby? Can you provide a simple example?

Sometimes it can be useful to prevent an object from being changed. This can be accomplished using the freeze method (Object.freeze) as in the sample code below.

water.freeze
if( water.frozen? )
  puts "Water object is a frozen object"
else
  puts "Water object is a normal object"
end

Ruby provides four types of variables. List them and provide a brief explanation for each.

The four types of variables in Ruby are as follows:

  • Global variables begin with $ and are accessible from anywhere within the Ruby program regardless of where they are declared—it stands to reason that they must be handled with care.
  • Local variables begin with a lowercase letter or an underscore. The scope of a local variable is confined to the code construct within which it is declared.
  • Class variables begin with @@ and are shared by all instances of the class that it is defined in.
  • Instance variables begin with @ and are similar to class variables except that they are local to a single instance of a class in which they are instantiated.

Name the three levels of access control for Ruby methods.

In Ruby, methods may either be public, protected, or private. Public methods can be called by anyone. Protected methods are only accessible within their defining class and its subclasses. Private methods can only be accessed and viewed within their defining class.

Can you explain the role of thread pooling in relation to the thread lifecycle in Ruby?

In Ruby, the lifecycle of a single thread starts automatically as soon as CPU resources are available. The thread runs the code in the block where it was instantiated and obtains the value of the last expression in that block and returns it upon completion. Threads use up resources, but running multiple threads at a time can improve an app’s performance. Thread pooling is a technique wherein multiple pre-instantiated reusable threads are left on standby, ready to perform work when needed. Thread pooling is best used when there are a large number of short tasks that must be performed. This avoids the overhead of having to create a new thread every time a small task is about to be performed.

Can you explain how Ruby looks up a method to invoke?

Since Ruby is a pure object-oriented language, it’s important to make sure your developer thoroughly understands how objects work. The first place that Ruby looks for a method is in the object’s metaclass or eigenclass—the class that contains methods directly defined on the object. If the method cannot be found in an object’s metaclass, Ruby will then search for the method in the ancestors of an object’s class. The list of ancestors for any class starts with the class of the object itself, and climbs parent classes until it reaches the Object, Kernel, and BasicObject classes at the top of the Ruby class hierarchy. If Ruby cannot find the method, it will internally send another method aptly called “method_missing?” to the object class. Ruby will repeat another search for this method, and will at least find it in the object class, provided the programmer did not see fit to define the “method_missing?” class earlier in the ancestry of the object.

Find and fix the bug within the code below.

class Home
  attr_reader :address

  def initialize(a)
    address = a
  end

  def call
    # perform a process that requires @address
  end

  private

  def address=(a)
    @address = clean(a)
    end

  def clean(a)
    # return sanitized address
  end
end

Normally if Ruby encounters an identifier, and the identifier does not reference a defined local variable, Ruby will try to call a method with the given name. However, when Ruby encounters address = a within the initialize method, it treats address = a as a local variable initialization and fails to invoke the setter. This occurs when Ruby encounters an identifier beginning with a lowercase character or underscore on the left-hand side of an assignment operator. The solution is to clarify that we want to call the writer method address = by prepending address with the self keyword. The initialize method has been reproduced below:

def initialize(a)
  self.address = a
end

Alternatively, you could also fix the bug by directly assigning the value to the instance variable within the initialize method like so:

def initialize(a)
  @address = clean(a)
end

Explain the role of modules and mixins in Ruby.

Modules are Ruby’s way of grouping methods, classes, and constants together to provide a namespace for preventing name clashes. The second purpose of modules is to use them as mixins. Technically, Ruby only supports single inheritance, but by using modules as mixins, it is possible to share code among different classes—a key advantage of multiple inheritance—without having to give up the simplicity of the single inheritance paradigm.

What are blocks and procs?

A block is basically Ruby’s version of a closure—a block of code that can be wrapped up into a proc (a type of function) that can then be stored in a variable or passed to a method and run when desired. Blocks can syntactically be written as blocks of code between { } or the do and end keywords. The standard way to create a proc is depicted in the code block below.

> my_proc = Proc.new { |arg1| print "#{arg1}! " }

Predict the output of the code below. Explain your answer.

-> (s) {p s} [“I’m a Proc”]

This question highlights the syntactical elegance of Ruby. A seasoned coder can perform a lot with a single line of Ruby code. The -> operator, or “stabby proc” as it is often called, is a way to create a proc that is also a lambda, or nameless function. This proc takes the parameter s and executes the block {p s}, which is shorthand for puts(s.inspect) before passing the string “I’m a Proc” using the square bracket syntax in place of the typical “call” method. The result is an elegant single line of code that prints the string “I’m a Proc” to the console.

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