Metaprogramming to generate list of class-specific attribute

Rubyists:

Here’s a test case illustrates the problem. Then we’ll have a candidate
fix
and some questions.

class Kozmik
def self.acts_as_frog(species)
@@frog_list << species
end
@@frog_list = []
cattr_accessor :frog_list
end

class Toad < Kozmik
acts_as_frog :bufo
acts_as_frog :kermit
end

class BullFrog < Kozmik
acts_as_frog :tree
acts_as_frog :riparian
end

def test_fun_with_metaclasses
assert_equal [:tree, :riparian], BullFrog.frog_list
assert_equal [:bufo, :kermit], Toad.frog_list
end

Suppose we need an ‘acts_as_’ system to generate some methods for our
target
classes. And suppose one method is a list of all the arguments passed to
each acts_as_() in each specific class.

The above test fails because @@ occupies the entire inheritance chain.
So
both frog_list() class-methods return [:tree, :riparian, :bufo,
:kermit].
The fix seems to be to reach into the meta-class for each derived class:

class Kozmik
def self.acts_as_frog(species)
@frog_list ||= []
@frog_list << species
self.class.send :attr_accessor, :frog_list
end
end

Is that as clean and lean as it could be? Is there some way to do this
with
even fewer lines?

Next question: Couldn’t class Kozmik be a module instead?

Phlip wrote:

Next question: Couldn’t class Kozmik be a module instead?

Sure…

module Kozmik
def acts_as_frog(species)
@frog_list ||= []
@frog_list << species
self.class.send :attr_accessor, :frog_list
end
end

class Toad; extend Kozmik

end

Or is that cheating somehow?

On Sep 14, 2007, at 5:00 PM, Phlip wrote:

Rubyists:
Here is one answering
even fewer lines?
I am not really sure if this works, but couldn’t you do:

class Kozmik
def self.inherited
module_eval do
@frog_list = []
end
end

def self.acts_as_frog(species)
@frog_list << species
end
end

Also, does module_eval only work in a class method? Why can’t I do
def something; module_eval do puts 5 end; end ?

Ari
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Nietzsche is my copilot

Phlip wrote:

Joel VanderWerf wrote:

class Toad; extend Kozmik

extend… different from include, right?

If you need it to be #include, you can always call #extend from within
#append_features as in ruby-talk:35979.

Joel VanderWerf wrote:

class Toad; extend Kozmik

extend… different from include, right?

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