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= Introducing AutoCode AutoCode is a class (and module) loader from Ruby, complete with initialization hooks and reloading. It works as a mixin and uses #const_remove for unloading so there can never be any artifacts from prior loads hanging around. require 'autocode' module Application include AutoCode auto_load true, :directories => [ :configurations, :models, :views, :controllers ] end This will attempt to load code dynamically from the given directories, using the module name to determine which directory to look in. Thus, <tt>Application::CustomerModel</tt> could load the file <tt>models/customer_model.rb</tt>. == Reloading Code Auto-loaded or created code is automatically reloadable (very useful when debugging running processes). Just call reload on any given module. *Important*: Only code loaded via *AutoCode* (auto_load or auto_create) will be reloaded. == Autocreation Sometimes it's useful to generate defaults for classes or modules that don't exist. This can be particularly powerful when used in combination with auto_loading. require 'auto_code' module Application include AutoCode %w( Models Views Controllers ).each |name| do auto_create_module name do include AutoCode auto_load true, :directories => [ name.downcase ] end end end This will auto_create the modules Configurations, Models, Views, and Controllers within the Application module, as they are referenced, and then initialize them so that they will automatically load source files from the corresponding directories. For example, referencing <tt>Application::Models::Customer</tt> will cause the file <tt>models/customer.rb</tt> to be loaded. == Initializing Sometimes you want to reopen a class or module and add or change methods, etc. However, in the case of auto-loading or creating unless your code is in an auto_loaded file or an auto_create block, it will get clobbered upon reload. You avoid the clobber using auto_eval, which registers blocks against constant names so that auto_create and auto_load can run them after object creation. require 'auto_code' module Application include AutoCode auto_eval :views do auto_eval :error do def not_found; "404 Not Found"; end end end end == Other Uses Autoloading and autocreation, along with reloading, can be used to provide sophisticated rules for loading, generating, and configuring modules and classes within a given module. These capabilities are increasingly found within frameworks like Rails and Camping, but *AutoCode* makes it possible to mixin these capabilities into any situation and precisely control how they are applied. == Support Direct questions or comments to the Waves support forum (which also supports AutoCode, as it is principally used within Waves) at http://groups.google.com/group/rubywaves. You can submit bugs to the Waves issue tracker at http://waves.lighthouseapp.com. (c) 2008 Dan Yoder Licensed under the MIT License.