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Python if __name__ == '__main__' Ruby equivalent

Python is by no chance my favorite language to work in, however I always loved the way you can beautifully write your modules and easily test them via if __name__ == '__main__' statement. I've been doing a lot of Ruby programing these past few weeks, and I came across a situation were I needed this exact feature in Ruby.

My problem:
I needed to run some unit tests to a Ruby based TCP server that gets spawn as daemon. The program is completely command line, and once spawned, their isn't any code to communicate with its child process. The unit tests itself aren't exactly to complicated. I simply need to make sure that the TCP server starts, verify the status of it using its PID, and be able to kill the process. I needed to run the unit tests without heavily modifying the existing program, and the best best to accomplished it was using a similar if __name__ == '__main__' Python approach. Lucky for me, in the Ruby world we can accomplish the awesome if __name__ == '__main__' Python statement via if __FILE__ == $0

Here is a test module called test-module.rb

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

if __FILE__ == $0
  puts "Executed via command line."
  puts "Included."

Now, if we run this test-module.rb from the command line, the if __FILE__ == $0 block will evaluate to true.

alpha03:tests $ ./test-module.rb
Executed via command line.

If the module gets included the if __FILE__ == $0 block will evaluate to false. Example script called test.rb

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require './test-module'

Running the test.rb script that required test-module.rb

alpha03:tests tony$ ./test.rb

Ruby rocks!

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