This is a set of additions to middleclass.
middleclass-extras was made for middleclass 1.x and it’s not under development any more.
middleclass 2.x has some features that make it incompatible with middleclass-extras.
middleclass-extras is being (slowly) re-done as a series of smaller libs. Right now, the only one completely finished is Stateful:
Other libraries might follow, but it might just take time. Sorry about that.
Module brief description
What follows is a brief description of each of the middleclass-extras modules. Each nodule is commented out with usage examples. You can find more examples on the /spec/ folder.
- Apply allows invoking a method in all the instances of a class (and its subclasses). It also allows sorting before executing.
- Beholder is a small signaling/event controller mixin. Your classes can ‘observe’ and ‘stop observing’ events. Note that Invoker must be required before Beholder, or the later will not work.
- Branchy defines some useful methods for classes that behave like trees (
- Callbacks is a powerful mixin that allows you to add ‘hooks’ to any existing method. For example, you can specify on runtime that you want to call a method after initializing one object.
- GetterSetter just adds a couple convenience getXXX, setXXX methods to your class.
- Indexable allows classes to have a ‘fallback’ method, similar to lua’s
__indexis reserved, the method used for lookup will be
index, whithout underscores.
- Invoker is a very small mixin that can be used to ‘send’ methods to instances. It’s main advantage is that it accepts both method names and lua functions on its parameters.
- Stateful defines stateful objects. Classes receive a new method called
addState, and instances receive a new method called
gotoState. The behaviour of each of the instance methods can be redefined per-state.
The recommended way is using git.
In order to use middleclass-extras, you also need middleclass. You can download them both by doing:
git clone git://github.com/kikito/middleclass.git
git clone git://github.com/kikito/middleclass-extras.git
Alternatively, you can manually download them:
middleclass-extras is prepared to be required right after middleclass:
- You can remove the .init part from middleclass if you are using middleclass as a file (middleclass.lua) instead of as a dir (middleclass/)
- You can remove the .init part on both requires if your package.path setting already includes
You may find the specs for this library in middleclass-specs