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Ruby's require, autoload and load methods

January 15, 2014

Ruby's require, autoload and load methods

Autoload is a nice feature, but it's good to know the difference when you begin using multiple files in your projects.


January 15, 2014

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  1. require
    @donschado | 15.01.2014

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  2. http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.1.0/Kernel.html#method-i-require

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  5. http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.1.0/Kernel.html#method-i-autoload

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  7. http://ruby-doc.org/core-2.1.0/Kernel.html#method-i-auto

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  10. Matz (2011) "discourage the use of autoload"
    [...] autoload itself has fundamental flaw under
    multi-thread environment. I should have remove
    autoload when I added threads to the language.

    [...] I hereby declare the future deprecation of
    autoload. Ruby will keep autoload for a while,
    since 2.0 should keep compatibility to 1.9.

    But you don't expect it will survive further future,
    e.g. 3.0.

    I strongly discourage the use of autoload in any
    standard libraries.


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  11. ”Peter Cooper: I'll be taking the "cross that bridge
    when I get to it" approach
    What I think after some research...
    I‘m full of autoload 

    because the lazy loading feature is awesome...

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