Call original method when monkey patching

Ruby offers monkey patching methods in order to change the behavior of a library if there's no better way.

We can call the method we're overriding inside our monkey patch:

class Foo
  def bar(argument)
    'Hello' + argument
  end
end 

module FooExtensions
  def bar
    super(' in my') + ' World'
  end
end

class Foo
  prepend FooExtensions # the only change to above: prepend instead of include
end

Foo.new.bar # => 'Hello in my World'

As mentioned, monkey patches are usually a threat to your code quality, so try to avoid them if possible.

Further readings

For a better understanding have a look at this article.

Jakob Scholz about 1 month ago
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