class Prism::GlobalVariableReadNode

Represents referencing a global variable.




The name of the global variable, which is a ‘$` followed by an [identifier]( Alternatively, it can be one of the special global variables designated by a symbol.

$foo   # name `:$foo`

$_Test # name `:$_Test`

Public Class Methods

new(source, name, location) click to toggle source

def initialize: (Symbol name, Location location) -> void

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8364
def initialize(source, name, location)
  @source = source
  @newline = false
  @location = location
  @name = name
type() click to toggle source

Similar to type, this method returns a symbol that you can use for splitting on the type of the node without having to do a long === chain. Note that like type, it will still be slower than using == for a single class, but should be faster in a case statement or an array comparison.

def self.type: () -> Symbol

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8442
def self.type

Public Instance Methods

===(other) click to toggle source

Implements case-equality for the node. This is effectively == but without comparing the value of locations. Locations are checked only for presence.

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8448
def ===(other)
  other.is_a?(GlobalVariableReadNode) &&
    (name ===
accept(visitor) click to toggle source

def accept: (Visitor visitor) -> void

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8372
def accept(visitor)
child_nodes() click to toggle source

def child_nodes: () -> Array[nil | Node]

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8377
def child_nodes
Also aliased as: deconstruct
comment_targets() click to toggle source

def comment_targets: () -> Array[Node | Location]

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8387
def comment_targets
  [] #: Array[Prism::node | Location]
compact_child_nodes() click to toggle source

def compact_child_nodes: () -> Array

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8382
def compact_child_nodes
copy(name:, location: self.location) click to toggle source

def copy: (?name: Symbol, ?location: Location) -> GlobalVariableReadNode

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8392
def copy(name:, location: self.location), name, location)

def deconstruct: () -> Array[nil | Node]

Alias for: child_nodes
deconstruct_keys(keys) click to toggle source

def deconstruct_keys: (Array keys) -> { name: Symbol, location: Location }

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8400
def deconstruct_keys(keys)
  { name: name, location: location }
inspect(inspector = click to toggle source

def inspect(NodeInspector inspector) -> String

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8412
def inspect(inspector =
  inspector << inspector.header(self)
  inspector << "└── name: #{name.inspect}\n"
type() click to toggle source

Sometimes you want to check an instance of a node against a list of classes to see what kind of behavior to perform. Usually this is done by calling ‘[cls1, cls2].include?(node.class)` or putting the node into a case statement and doing `case node; when cls1; when cls2; end`. Both of these approaches are relatively slow because of the constant lookups, method calls, and/or array allocations.

Instead, you can call type, which will return to you a symbol that you can use for comparison. This is faster than the other approaches because it uses a single integer comparison, but also because if you’re on CRuby you can take advantage of the fact that case statements with all symbol keys will use a jump table.

def type: () -> Symbol

# File lib/prism/node.rb, line 8432
def type