Module: ActiveAttr::Attributes::ClassMethods

Defined in:
lib/active_attr/attributes.rb

Overview

Since:

  • 0.2.0

Instance Method Summary collapse

Instance Method Details

#attribute(name, options = {}) ⇒ AttributeDefinition

Defines an attribute

For each attribute that is defined, a getter and setter will be added as an instance method to the model. An ActiveAttr::AttributeDefinition instance will be added to result of the attributes class method.

Examples:

Define an attribute.

attribute :name

Raises:

Since:

  • 0.2.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 175

def attribute(name, options={})
  if dangerous_attribute_method_name = dangerous_attribute?(name)
    raise DangerousAttributeError, %{an attribute method named "#{dangerous_attribute_method_name}" would conflict with an existing method}
  else
    attribute! name, options
  end
end

#attribute!(name, options = {}) ⇒ AttributeDefinition

Defines an attribute without checking for conflicts

Allows you to define an attribute whose methods will conflict with an existing method. For example, Ruby's Timeout library adds a timeout method to Object. Attempting to define a timeout attribute using .attribute will raise a DangerousAttributeError, but .attribute! will not.

Examples:

Define a dangerous attribute.

attribute! :timeout

Since:

  • 0.6.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 199

def attribute!(name, options={})
  AttributeDefinition.new(name, options).tap do |attribute_definition|
    attribute_name = attribute_definition.name.to_s
    # Force active model to generate attribute methods
    remove_instance_variable("@attribute_methods_generated") if instance_variable_defined?("@attribute_methods_generated")
    define_attribute_methods([attribute_definition.name]) unless attribute_names.include? attribute_name
    attributes[attribute_name] = attribute_definition
  end
end

#attribute_namesArray<String>

Returns an Array of attribute names as Strings

Examples:

Get attribute names

Person.attribute_names

Since:

  • 0.5.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 217

def attribute_names
  attributes.keys
end

#attributesActiveSupport::HashWithIndifferentAccess{String => ActiveAttr::AttributeDefinition}

Returns a Hash of AttributeDefinition instances

Examples:

Get attribute definitions

Person.attributes

Since:

  • 0.2.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 230

def attributes
  @attributes ||= ActiveSupport::HashWithIndifferentAccess.new
end

#dangerous_attribute?(name) ⇒ false, String

Determine if a given attribute name is dangerous

Some attribute names can cause conflicts with existing methods on an object. For example, an attribute named “timeout” would conflict with the timeout method that Ruby's Timeout library mixes into Object.

Examples:

Testing a harmless attribute

Person.dangerous_attribute? :name #=> false

Testing a dangerous attribute

Person.dangerous_attribute? :nil #=> "nil?"

Since:

  • 0.6.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 252

def dangerous_attribute?(name)
  attribute_methods(name).detect do |method_name|
    !DEPRECATED_OBJECT_METHODS.include?(method_name.to_s) && allocate.respond_to?(method_name, true)
  end unless attribute_names.include? name.to_s
end

#inspectString

Returns the class name plus its attribute names

Examples:

Inspect the model's definition.

Person.inspect

Since:

  • 0.2.0



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# File 'lib/active_attr/attributes.rb', line 266

def inspect
  inspected_attributes = attribute_names.sort
  attributes_list = "(#{inspected_attributes.join(", ")})" unless inspected_attributes.empty?
  "#{name}#{attributes_list}"
end