Object Oriented Programming or OOP is a programming paradigm created to deal with the growing complexity of larger software systems.
OOP sections some area of the code to make the whole code interacts with only small chunks of code. This make it easier to deal than chunking big blob of dependencies that just wait to throw errors.
OOP has Object in its name. Let’s define it.
First, objects are created from classes. Classes are like molds. What comes out of the mold in an object. Classes define the basic outlines of what the object should be made of and what it should be able to do.
Defining a class in Ruby is pretty similar to defining a method:
rosa = RedPanda.new
After defining the
RedPanda class, we created an instance of it and stored the result in the local variable
rosa. Creating a new object or instance from a class is called instantiation: we have instantiated an object called
rosa from the class
Encapsulation is hiding piece of functionality and making it unavailable to the rest of the code base. See Encapsulation.
Polymorphism is the ability for different types of data to respond to a common interface. It’s what gives us the flexibility in using pre-written code for new purposes. From the Greek polymorphos, poly is a prefix which means “many” and morph means “form”.
Inheritance is when a class inherits the behaviors of another class called superclass. The class that inherits behaviors is called subclass. Subclass lets programmer makes smaller, more fine-grained behavior, derived from the superclass behaviors.
See also Inheritance vs. Association.
Mixins are the result of the mix of a module (in Ruby) with a class. After mixing with a module, the behaviors declared in that module are available to the class and its objects. Where other programming languages allow classes to directly inherit from multiple class (multiple inheritance), Ruby has mixing in behaviors.
Modules are collection of behaviors that are usable in other classes via mixins. A module is mixed in to a class unsing the
include method invocation. See also Modules.
rosa = RedPanda.new
alfred = Human.new
Both instance of the two classes
Human have access to the
speak instance method thanks to the mixin of
Speak module with both classes.
Generally, a module is used when there is a -able relationthip: towable (for truck), screwable (for bracket) etc.
Namespacing is the action of organizing similar classes under a common module. Here, the module is used to group several similar or related classes.
opinel = Cutlery::Knife.new
fleur_absinthe = Cutlery::Spoon.new
Classes in module are called by appending the name of the class to the name of the module with two colons (
::). This double colon is called a scope resolution operator.
Container is a name given to modules which contains methods, themselves called module methods. This method is used to house method that seems out of place within the code.
num ** 2
value = WoodenDoll.out_of_place_method(4)
Collaborator objects are objects that are stored as state within another object. They are called collaborators because they work in collaboration with the class they are associated with.
@name = name
wood_bookshelf = Bookshelf.new
war_of_the_worlds = Book.new('War of the Worlds')
wood_bookshelf.book = war_of_the_worlds
puts wood_bookshelf.book.name # => War of the Worlds
See Approach to OOP for an example of how to attack a program with OOP mindset.