Pluggability is a mixin module that turns an including class into a factory for its derivatives, capable of searching for and loading them by name. This is useful when you have an abstract base class which defines an interface and basic functionality for a part of a larger system, and a collection of subclasses which implement the interface for different underlying functionality. An example of where this might be useful is in a program which generates output with a 'driver' object, which provides a unified interface but generates different kinds of output. First the abstract base class, which is extended with Pluggability: # in mygem/driver.rb: require 'pluggability' require 'mygem' unless defined?( MyGem ) class MyGem::Driver extend Pluggability plugin_prefixes "drivers", "drivers/compat" end We can have one driver that outputs PDF documents: # mygem/drivers/pdf.rb: require 'mygem/driver' unless defined?( MyGem::Driver ) class MyGem::Driver::PDF < Driver ...implementation... end and another that outputs plain ascii text: #mygem/drivers/ascii.rb: require 'mygem/driver' unless defined?( MyGem::Driver ) class MyGem::Driver::ASCII < Driver ...implementation... end Now the driver is configurable by the end-user, who can just set it by its short name: require 'mygem' config[:driver_type] #=> "pdf" driver = MyGem::Driver.create( config[:driver_type] ) driver.class #=> MyGem::Driver::PDF # You can also pass arguments to the constructor, too: ascii_driver = MyGem::Driver.create( :ascii, :columns => 80 )

installgem install pluggability

Martin Chase, Michael Granger

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gem 'pluggability', '~> 0.4.0'
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Runtime Dependencies
  1. loggability ~> 0.7