class Ox::Bag

A generic class that is used only for storing attributes. It is the base Class for auto-generated classes in the storage system. Instance variables are added using the instance_variable_set() method. All instance variables can be accessed using the variable name (without the @ prefix). No setters are provided as the Class is intended for reading only.

Public Class Methods

define_class(classname) click to toggle source

Define a new class based on the Ox::Bag class. This is used internally in the Ox module and is available to service wrappers that receive XML requests that include Objects of Classes not defined in the storage process.

  • classname (String) Class name or symbol that includes Module names.

return [Object] an instance of the specified Class.

raise [NameError] if the classname is invalid.

# File lib/ox/bag.rb, line 74
def self.define_class(classname)
  classname = classname.to_s unless classname.is_a?(String)
  tokens = classname.split('::').map { |n| n.to_sym }
  raise"Invalid classname '#{classname}") if tokens.empty?
  m = Object
  tokens[0..-2].each do |sym|
    if m.const_defined?(sym)
      m = m.const_get(sym)
      c =
      m.const_set(sym, c)
      m = c
  sym = tokens[-1]
  if m.const_defined?(sym)
    c = m.const_get(sym)
    c =
    m.const_set(sym, c)
new(args={ }) click to toggle source

The initializer can take multiple arguments in the form of key values where the key is the variable name and the value is the variable value. This is intended for testing purposes only.

  • args [Hash] instance variable symbols and their values

Example => 42, :@y => 57)
# File lib/ox/bag.rb, line 20
def initialize(args={ })
  args.each do |k,v|
    self.instance_variable_set(k, v)

Public Instance Methods

Alias for: eql?
eql?(other) click to toggle source

Replaces eql?() with something more reasonable for this Class.

  • other [Object] Object to compare self to

return [Boolean] true if each variable and value are the same, otherwise false.

# File lib/ox/bag.rb, line 54
def eql?(other)
  return false if (other.nil? or self.class != other.class)
  ova = other.instance_variables
  iv = instance_variables
  return false if ova.size != iv.size
  iv.each do |vid|
    return false if instance_variable_get(vid) != other.instance_variable_get(vid)
Also aliased as: ==
method_missing(m, *args, &block) click to toggle source

Handles requests for variable values. Others cause an Exception to be raised.

  • m (Symbol) method symbol

return [Boolean] the value of the specified instance variable.

raise [ArgumentError] if an argument is given. Zero arguments expected.

raise [NoMethodError] if the instance variable is not defined.

# File lib/ox/bag.rb, line 44
def method_missing(m, *args, &block)
  raise"wrong number of arguments (#{args.size} for 0) to method #{m}") unless args.nil? or args.empty?
  at_m = ('@' + m.to_s).to_sym
  raise"undefined method #{m}", m) unless instance_variable_defined?(at_m)
respond_to?(m) click to toggle source

Replaces the Object.respond_to?() method.

  • m [Symbol] method symbol

return [Boolean] true for any method that matches an instance variable reader, otherwise false.

Calls superclass method
# File lib/ox/bag.rb, line 30
def respond_to?(m)
  return true if super
  at_m = ('@' + m.to_s).to_sym