Extending Classes

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Introduction

It's common to want to use a Service Provider to add new methods to a class. For example, you may want to add a is_authenticated method to the Request class. Your package and Service Provider may be for a better authentication system.

You may easily extend classes that inherit from the Extendable class. Many of the built in classes inherit from it.

Usage

You have a few options for adding methods to any of the core classes. You can extend a class with functions, classes and class methods. Typical usage may look like:

def is_authenticated(self):
return self
def show(self, Request):
Request.extend(is_authenticated)
print(Request.is_authenticated()) # returns the Request class

Usage is very simple and has several options for extending a class. Notice that we don't call the function but we pass the reference to it.

Extending a function

This will simply add the function as a bound method to the Request class

def is_authenticated(self):
return self
def show(self, Request):
Request.extend(is_authenticated)
print(Request.is_authenticated()) # returns the Request class

Extending a class method

We can also extend a class method which will take the method given and add it as a bound method.

class Authentication:
def is_authenticated(self):
return self
def show(self, Request):
Request.extend(Authentication.is_authenticated)
print(Request.is_authenticated()) # returns the Request class

Extending a class

We can even extend a whole class which will get all the classes methods and create bound methods to the Request class.

class Authentication:
def is_authenticated(self):
return self
def login(self):
return self
def show(self, Request):
Request.extend(Authentication)
print(Request.is_authenticated()) # returns the Request class
print(Request.login()) # returns the Request class