How to judge the type of an object which is passed as an argumentfrom Ruby to C?

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by shiwei zhang, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. shiwei zhang

    shiwei zhang Guest

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    I am writing some programs hybrid of ruby and C. Rat, Buffalo, and Ranch
    are classes defined by me. Now in the Ruby program ranch.rb I pass an
    object (say, a Rat object rato) as an argument to the method
    "". Then, role, rato) will invoke the
    function "ranch_initialize()" in C program ranch.c. At this moment in
    the body of the function "ranch_initialize()", how should I judge/decide
    the variable vsubject is a Rat object, or a Buffalo object, or a
    String? The reason why I want to judge the type of the variable
    vsubject is: if it's a Rat object I will do A operation, if it's a
    Buffalo object I will do B operation, if it's a String I will do C
    operation. It's like the function overloading for the parameter
    vsubject. Please see part of the codes below.

    rato =, pass)
    buffaloo =, pass)
    planto = "plant string"
    rancho =, role, rato)
    #rancho =, role, buffaloo)
    #rancho =, role, planto)

    static VALUE ranch_initialize(int argc, VALUE *argv, VALUE self)
    VALUE vherder;
    VALUE vrole;
    VALUE vsubject;
    rb_scan_args(argc, argv, "21", &vherder, &vrole, &vsubject);
    //Now how can I judge vsubject is a Rat object, or a Buffalo object,
    //or a String? Does the methods 'if(TYPE(vsubject)==T_OBJECT){...}' or
    //'if(rb_obj_is_instance_of(vsubject,"Rat")){...}' work for this
    cRanch = rb_define_class("Ranch", rb_cObject);
    rb_define_method(cRanch, "initialize", ranch_initialize, -1);

    Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,
    shiwei zhang, Jan 24, 2008
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  2. If you want to include inheritance:

    rb_obj_is_kind_of(obj, some_class)

    If you do not, you can use the CLASS_OF macro:

    CLASS_OF(obj) == some_class
    Joel VanderWerf, Jan 24, 2008
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