Add new methods to existing classes in ruby

Written on January 15, 2015

I was working on a kata from CodeWars that asks to implement a series of methods that involve working with arrays. This led me to discovered a feature from ruby language that impressed me: You can extend the functionality of an existing class! In other words, you can add methods to an existing class.

To extend the functionality of Array class with two methods that allows to get the odds and evens number within the array we can do:

class Array

  def even
    self.select{|x| x % 2 == 0}
  end
  
  def odd
    self.reject{|x| x % 2 != 0}
  end

end

And now, the object from Array will have both methods:

> [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].even
=> [2, 4]
> [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].odd
=> [1, 3, 5]