Forum: Ruby on Rails Cannot extend class in Application Helper

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Clemens C. (Guest)
on 2009-01-27 00:26
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Looking for some help with extending existing classes.

In a view I have <td><%=h bmevent.node %></td>. I need further
processing on the output and added a helper:

module ApplicationHelper
class String
  def a
    self[ /^[^\0]*/ ]

and <td><%=h bmevent.node.a %></td> results in an undefined method `a'
for #<String:0xb6c8105c> error.

What am I doing wrong?

The helper is correctly found, since

module ApplicationHelper
def b(text)
  text[ /^[^\0]*/ ]

and <td><%=b bmevent.node.a %></td> produce the desired result, but
this is (for other reasons) not what I want. I want to extend class
string and use the postfix notation as in the first example.

Any ideas ?
Frederick C. (Guest)
on 2009-01-27 00:33
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On 26 Jan 2009, at 22:25, X wrote:

>  end
> end
> end

That does not extend the String class. It defines a new class
ApplicationHelper::String with an instance method a.
I would have a method like that in a file somewhere in lib (eg lib/
my_extensions.rb) and require that from an initializer. You could
'fix' it by pulling that out of the ApplicationHelper module and
putting it at the bottom of the file but that's a bit horrible.

Clemens C. (Guest)
on 2009-01-27 00:47
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Case closed. Thanx. a lot.
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