static and class variable?

In rails, What is the difference between static and class variable? Is
it the same or different?

Thanks,
Ratnavel

It's different

class variables are variables of the class
Their value is shared by all objects

Class Something
  @@class_variable = 0

  def do_something
    @@class_variable +=1
  end
end

foo = Something.new
foo.do_something
bar = Something.new
bar.do_something

After that code @@class_variable will be 2
It behaves like a static class variable in C++

There are no static variables on a function level like in C++ as far
as I know
You can use normal class attributes or class variables instead
(depending if you want them per object or not)

Here is some longer discussion on the topic:
http://groups.google.com/group/ruby-talk-google/browse_thread/thread/30c79cd4b9fb5c8