use of case statement doesn't work as I expect :( help appreciated!

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by gabe, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. gabe

    gabe Guest

    Hi all,

    I have an object ( a website tester) that can return various values.
    One of which is Net:HTTPOK, I want to use a case statement to evaluate
    this and set a variable called 'severity', as follows:

    result = TestWebsite::test( site )
    case result
    when Net::HTTPOK
    severity = :INFO
    when SocketError
    severity = :ERROR
    severity = :WARN

    However, when Net::HTTPOK is returned, the severity variable ALWAYS
    ends up as :WARN instead of :INFO.

    Using IRB I have manually entered the code in as follows:=> Net::HTTPOK

    Then ran the following tests:=> false

    This to me just proves the result I am getting is Net::HTTPOK, but why
    can't I get it to match in the case statement?

    Many thanks for any help

    gabe, Nov 1, 2007
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  2. This form of case
    case x
    when y

    is logically equivalent to:

    if y === x

    Now Net::HTTPOK is a class, and class implements === as a test of
    whether the argument is an instance of the class or a subclass.

    Array === [] #=> true
    Array === Array #=> false

    If response is really the class then you either want to use if/elsif or

    when result == Net::HTTPOK
    rick.denatale, Nov 1, 2007
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  3. gabe

    hungrylist Guest

    I think you problem is in your code the case is testing if

    result.is_a? Net::HTTPOK

    and not

    result == Net::HTTPOK

    This happens since Net::HTTPOK is a class and not an object

    If you rewrite your code this way you should see the behaviour you're expecting.

    result = TestWebsite::test( site )

    case result.to_s
    when 'Net::HTTPOK'
    severity = :INFO
    when 'SocketError'
    severity = :ERROR
    severity = :WARN

    A better idea would be to have TestWebsite::test( site ) returning the
    object and not the class, this way you don't need to rewrite your
    original case code

    hungrylist, Nov 1, 2007
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