Provides parallel implementations of inheritance hierarchies. This is useful both for tracking the existing inheritance tree and for creating trees that function independently of inheritance models determined internal to Ruby.
Create and track parallel inheritance hierarchies.
Hook parallel hierarchies (by including a module) to automatically update/register ancestry at include and extend, or update/register only manually.
Manual registration permits definitions of ancestry across, for example, instances of the same type or instances of entirely different types.
Implementation is provided by simple child/parent trees with an block to choose which parent. This permits a simple multiple inheritance model very similar to how Ruby handles modules. Conflicts for multiple inheritance are resolved by the parent most recently named for the block match.
Used heavily by CascadingConfiguration gem (cascading-configuration) as well as by forthcoming Persistence and Magnets gems (persistence and magnets).
- sudo gem install parallel-ancestry
Two modules are provided by Parallel Ancestry:
- ::ParallelAncestry, which provides parallel inheritance.
- ::ParallelAncestry::Inheritance, which provides cascading inheritance hooks.
::ParallelAncestry provides parallel inheritance registration and lookup. This is useful for tracking arbitrary trees of ancestry relations (determined by manual registration), and can be combined with ::ParallelAncestry::Inheritance for automatic registration in correspondence with Ruby's inheritance relations.
3 ways to use:
- ::ParallelAncestry provides a singleton implementation for parallel inheritance.
- Extend any module with ::ParallelAncestry to enable module as singleton implementation for parallel inheritance.
- Include ::ParallelAncestry in subclass of ::Module to enable instances of ::Module subclass as individual implementations for parallel inheritance.
Parallel ancestry instances support registration and lookup of arbitrarily declared ancestor relationships:
- children( instance )
- parents( instance )
- has_parents?( instance )
- has_children?( instance )
- register_child_for_parent( child, parent )
- ancestor( instance, & match_ancestor_block )
- ancestor_chain( instance, & match_ancestor_block )
- lowest_parents( instance, & match_ancestor_block )
- highest_children( instance, & match_ancestor_block )
- match_ancestor_searching_upward( instance, ancestor_match_block, & match_block )
match_block is always a proc or lambda that will be passed the next ancestor as the single parameter and is expected to return true or false whether or not the ancestor matches the condition.
match_block = ::Proc.new do |this_ancestor| if this_ancestor.matches_arbitrary_condition true else false end end
::ParallelAncestry::Inheritance provides hooks for Ruby inheritance events.
2 ways to use:
- Extend any module with ::ParallelAncestry::Inheritance to enable hooks in module singleton.
- Include ::ParallelAncestry::Inheritance in subclass of ::Module to enable instance of ::Module subclass wit hooks.
def initialize_inheritance! ... [ your hook ] ... end
- First include:
def initialize_base_instance_for_include ... [ your hook ] ... end
- First extend:
def initialize_base_instance_for_extend ... [ your hook ] ... end
- Subsequent includes:
def initialize_inheriting_instance ... [ your hook ] ... end
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