Forum: Ruby on Rails Adding methods to an array of AR objects

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Max W. (Guest)
on 2008-11-07 12:14
I have some methods that i want to be able to call on any collection of
ActiveRecord objects.  What's the 'right' way to set this up?  I don't
want to just monkey patch Array as it's specific to an AR array.

Thanks
max
Frederick C. (Guest)
on 2008-11-07 12:22
(Received via mailing list)
On 7 Nov 2008, at 10:14, Max W. wrote:

>
> I have some methods that i want to be able to call on any collection
> of
> ActiveRecord objects.  What's the 'right' way to set this up?  I don't
> want to just monkey patch Array as it's specific to an AR array.

If you extend AssociationCollection you'll be able to it on any
association (eg some_object.customers.foo). There is no proxy object
for the result of Foo.find though (I have an experimental plugin that
does do this). You could wrap the result of finds in a proxy (as i
did) or you could add singleton methods to the results of find
(ie

class << ActiveRecord::Base
   def find_with_extra_methods(*args)
     results = find_without_extra_methods(*args)
     results.extend(SomeModuleOfExtraMethods) if results.is_a? Array
     results
   end

   alias_method_chain :find, extra_methods
end
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