[Ironruby-core] Overriding CLS Virtuals

Curt Hagenlocher curth at microsoft.com
Fri Oct 24 20:54:21 EDT 2008

We're thinking now that we're going to go with the mangled version of the name instead of the originally cased-version.  "Dispose" just doesn't look Rubyish enough.  Any objections?

From: Curt Hagenlocher
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 9:22 PM
To: 'ironruby-core at rubyforge.org'
Subject: Overriding CLS Virtuals

I've committed some changes to IronRuby (in SVN revision 141) that let you implement CLS interfaces and override virtual methods on CLS base types.  Interfaces work like Ruby modules, so to make your class implement IDisposable you could say

require 'mscorlib'
class Disposable
  include System.IDisposable
  def Dispose
    # Do something

You can also override virtual properties.  A class or interface that has the C# declaration "string Value { get; set; }" is overridden from IronRuby with methods named "Value" for the getter and "Value=" for the setter.

Note that you need to use the same casing as the CLS definition for both methods and properties.

We're just getting started with better .NET interop support and don't have very much test coverage yet - but this should let you get going on some more sophisticated interop scenarios than were previously possible.

Curt Hagenlocher
curth at microsoft.com
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