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Helpful Extensions To Core Ruby Classes

10.30.2006
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        If you find yourself doing this a lot:

<% if @collection.any? -%>
<ol>
  <% for item in @collection %>
    <li><%= item %></li>
  <% end -%>
</ol>
<% end -%>

...you might want to extend two Ruby core classes to automagically print out HTML-lists. Extend Array with:

def to_html_list(type = :ol)
  self.inject("<#{type}>\n") { |output, item| output << "\t<li>#{item}</li>\n" } << "</#{type}>\n" if self.any?
end

Now you can produce both OL (default) and UL lists. You can easily convert a Hash into a DL-list by extending it like so:

def to_html_list
  self.inject("<dl>\n") { |o, p| o << "\t<dt>#{p[0]}</dt>\n\t<dd>#{p[1]}</dd>\n" } << "</dl>\n" if self.any?
end

Extending core classes is a bit dangerous but I use these in almost every Rails project.