Topic: method visibility question

Why is:

private
def self.method_name
...
end

NOT the same as

private def self.method_name
...
end

Note the position of the keyword private.  Thanks in advance for the help.

Re: method visibility question

I'd guess that private is a keyword that applies to all method definitions that follow,   not intended to be used on a method by method basis.  The missing newline is probably confusing the core ruby interpreter???

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