In Ruby, I see that it can be useful to put classes inside modules for the sake of namespacing. I also see that it’s possible to put modules inside classes. But I don’t see why you’d do that.
Modules are generally mixed into classes, right? So what would be the purpose of defining a module inside a class?
(I also noticed that Googling “ruby ‘module inside a class'” gets 3 results, whereas “ruby ‘class inside a module'” gets more than 18,000, so maybe the answer is “nobody does this”?)
Cool, I didn’t know you could do that. We could use it when writing ape-like code like this:
class DrugDealer module Drug def happy?; true; end end def approach(victim) victim.extend Drug end end o = Object.new DrugDealer.new.approach(o) o.happy? # => true
Edit: A better example! This is actually somewhat practical — Mixins that are only applied by subclasses. It is useful when some facets of a thing apply to some subclasses and other facets apply to other subclasses, without there being enough order in the way these aspects apply to make way for a clear class hierarchy (tree). Whew.. Think multiple inheritance. A simplified example:
class Person def handshake :sloppy end def mind_contents :spam end module Proper def handshake :firm end end module Clever def mind_contents :theories end end end class Professor < Person include Proper include Clever # ... end
And so on.. kind of nice, when used sensibly. Even super calls and constructors (i didn’t define any here though) flow through all the mixins and classes the way i want them to. Smooth!