self.inspect in helper file

Hi
    I just noticed this When i tried

puts self.inspect just in the module ApplicationHelper gives
ApplicationHelper

And if i place the above puts statement in any def in the helper module,
then it prints like

#<ActionView::Base:0xb67a6be0 @first_render="home/index",
@content_for_layout="<div class=\"ho........etc

            I did not understand the difference .Could you please
explain this?

Thanks in advance
Sijo

Hi
   I just noticed this When i tried

puts self.inspect just in the module ApplicationHelper gives
ApplicationHelper

And if i place the above puts statement in any def in the helper
module,
then it prints like

#<ActionView::Base:0xb67a6be0 @first_render="home/index",
@content_for_layout="<div class=\"ho........etc

           I did not understand the difference .Could you please
explain this?

Because those two statements run at very different times. Once when
the module is being defined (self is the module) the second runs when
one of the instance methods runs in which case self is the object in
question.

Fred