You’re probably familiar with creating objects in PHP. But here’s just a quick refresher. First things first, we need a class that defines our object.

Let’s create a new PHP file called Cat.php and define our class in it:

    class Cat {
        public function meow() {
            echo 'meow'

Note: I went ahead and assumed you know to add <?php at the top of the Cat.php file before our definition, because that’s what we PHP developers do.

Now that we have a Cat class, we can create Cat objects. Below our definition of the Cat class let’s instainiate a new cat:

    $cat = new Cat;

    => 'meow'

But you knew all of that. Alright, time for you to create your first Ruby class. It’s a pretty big moment.

First things first, we need to create a file to store your class in. Create a new Ruby file called cat.rb.

Now we can define our Cat class inside of cat.rb:

    class Cat
      def meow
        puts 'meow'

Sorry to let you down if you were looking for something more complex. But it’s really that simple.

Now let’s instantiate our first Ruby object. The only real difference here is that the Class itself has a new method. Also some backstory, our cat’s name is Momma and because this is my book I’ll be giving her a cameo.

    momma =

    => 'meow'

It’s exactly the same amount of lines as PHP, but instead of instantiating with new Cat as we’re used to - instead we call the new method on the Cat class itself; i.e. This is a small detail for now, but it’s implications are huge.