Define_method in inheritance

I had a quick question about something I had read in a book “The Ruby
Way.” The author talks about different ways to dynamically define
methods during runtime using something similar to the snippet below.

def define_method (name, &array)
self.class.send(:define_method, name,&array)
end

This opens up the scope of a given class so any other class could add
methods on the fly. My question is that if I were to insert this code
into a parent and then invoke it on a child would the new method be
defined within the scope of the child or the parent? I’m concerned
that this might result in adding methods into all the children rather
than just the desired one. Let me know what you think. Thanks in
advance!

Hi –

On Wed, 22 Jul 2009, Juston Davies wrote:

into a parent and then invoke it on a child would the new method be
defined within the scope of the child or the parent? I’m concerned
that this might result in adding methods into all the children rather
than just the desired one. Let me know what you think. Thanks in
advance!

It will define the method in self.class, which will be the class of
whatever object you call it on. The new method will also be available
to instances of subclasses of that class.

class A
def define_method(name, &block)
self.class.send(:define_method, name, &block)
end
end

class B < A
end

class C < B
end

b = B.new
b.define_method(:x) { puts “In x!” }

b.x # In x!

c = C.new
c.x # In x!

a = A.new
a.x # Unknown method x

David

Awesome, thats what I wanted to hear. Thanks for the help!

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