Tries to find a constant with the name specified in the argument string:
"Module".constantize # => Module "Test::Unit".constantize # => Test::Unit
The name is assumed to be the one of a top-level constant, no matter whether it starts with “::” or not. No lexical context is taken into account:
C = 'outside' module M C = 'inside' C # => 'inside' "C".constantize # => 'outside', same as ::C end
NameError is raised when the name is not in CamelCase or the constant is unknown.
# File activesupport/lib/active_support/inflector/methods.rb, line 213 def constantize(camel_cased_word) names = camel_cased_word.split('::') names.shift if names.empty? || names.first.empty? constant = Object names.each do |name| constant = constant.const_defined?(name) ? constant.const_get(name) : constant.const_missing(name) end constant end