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Ruby Ruby Blocks Ruby Blocks Write a Block Method

Ron Chan
Ron Chan
10,987 Points

Why create blocks in ruby...

when you can instead create another method? Are there some situations where creating a block might be better idea than creating another method?

1 Answer

Brandon Barrette
Brandon Barrette
20,485 Points

You will see soon in later videos that you might yield to a block (meaning passing a block into a method), something you couldn't do with two methods. Think of a block as bits of ruby code (to be executed), rather than arguments which are values. I wouldn't be able to pass in bits of ruby code as an argument to a method.

Read more here: http://www.tutorialspoint.com/ruby/ruby_blocks.htm


def hello
  puts "Hello"

hello { puts "World" }
=> Hello World
hello { puts "how are you today?"}
=> Hello how are you today?

You can also do:

def hello(name, &block)
  puts "Hello #{name}"

hello("World") { puts "How are you?" }
=> Hello World
=> How are you?

Notice here I can pass in a block, which can be useful to pass other pieces of code into a method, something you can NOT do with arguments.

4,506 Points

Is this sort of like the flexibility of branching, in that you can have a method that will do something different in different scenarios/cases? (I'm trying to wrap my head around when you would use this, vs writing the block as part of the method to begin with, or using if, else, etc.)