Ruby Arrays of Objects and Unions
I’m working through the Advent of Code and needed to union two Ruby arrays of objects together based on some properties on said objects. I wasn’t having much luck getting it to work and my Google fu was failing but I finally figured out the issue and want to post it here in case someone else ever manages to search using the right terms.
The key here is that you can’t just override
eql?. You have to also override the
hash method. So for a Position class, it might look like this:
<pre class="lang:ruby decode:true " title="Overriding eql? and hash">class Position attr_reader :x, :y def hash [@x, @y].hash end def initialize(coord=) if coord== @x = 0 @y = 0 else @x = coord @y = coord end end def eql?(other_object) @x == other_object.x && @y == other_object.y end end
This would allow the union of two arrays of Position objects to only include Positions that are unique by X and Y coordinates.