Ruby Programming/Reference/Objects/Symbol

Symbols

A Ruby symbol is the internal representation of a name. You construct the symbol for a name by preceding the name with a colon. A particular name will always generate the same symbol, regardless of how that name is used within the program.

:Object
:myVariable

Other languages call this process ``interning, and call symbols ``atoms.

Last modified on 20 July 2009, at 18:41