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Control methods like a pro

Control methods like a pro

This deck is for the virtual talk at RubyConf 2021.
See: https://rubyconf.org/program/sessions#session-1204

Masafumi Okura

November 07, 2021

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  1. Control methods like a pro A guide to Ruby’s awesomeness,

    a.k.a. metaprogramming OKURA Masafumi, RubyConf 2021
  2. Do you want to… • Add conventions to the order

    of method invocations • e.g. MiniTest to call methods starting with “test” automatically • Modify existing methods without overhead • e.g. Something like ActiveSupport::Callbacks but without any performance penalty
  3. pp @okuramasafumi • Name: OKURA Masafumi (Masafumi is my fi

    rst name :D) • Ruby experience: since 2012 • Work as: Freelance Ruby/Rails dev, tutor • Organizer of: Kaigi on Rails (https://kaigionrails.org) • Creator of: Alba gem (JSON serializer, https://github.com/ okuramasafumi/alba) along with a few others
  4. Methods that list methods • Note: these methods return the

    method name as a Symbol, not the method object • `methods` for listing public and protected methods • `private_methods` for listing private methods • `singleton_methods` for listing singleton methods, practically used to list class methods
  5. Methods that fetch method • `method` for fetching a method

    object with a given name from an object • e.g. `’foo’.method(:gsub)` returns callable/executable Method • `instance_method` for fetching a method object with a given name from a class • e.g. `String.instance_method(:gsub)` does similar, but the returned object is UnboundMethod that’s not callable
  6. Method class • Associated with a particular object, not only

    a class • Callable • Can be converted into a Proc with `to_proc` • Can be converted into an UnboundMethod with `unbind`
  7. UnboundMethod class • Not associated with an object • Not

    callable • Cannot be converted into a Proc since Proc should be callable • Can be converted into Method with `bind`
  8. De fi ne methods • Using `def` keyword • Simple

    • Static • Using `de fi ne_method` method • Dynamic • Can be used with Proc and Method object as a method body
  9. Unde fi ne methods • Both `undef` keyword and `undef_method`

    are quite similar • They both prohibit an object to respond • `undef_method` is more dynamic • `remove_method` just removes a method from an object • When a parent class responds to that method, that will be called
  10. Rede fi ne methods 1. Decide the name of the

    target 2. Fetch method object using `method` 3. Create a new Proc inside which fetched method object is called before/after some extra bit 4. Remove a method using `remove_method` 5. De fi ne a new method with the same name using `de fi ne_method` with a newly created Proc as a method body
  11. Conclusion • In Ruby, methods are objects • You can

    play with them, it’s not scary! • Metaprogramming gives us the power to do awesome things • Join us!
  12. Next step • https://github.com/okuramasafumi/tiny_hooks • The repository of the second

    demo, has some nice tricks • https://docs.ruby-lang.org/en/ • Of fi cial document • And your code!