R – Private/Protected block in Ruby

access-specifierruby

Ruby doesn't seem to have a facility for defining a protected/private block like so:

protected do
  def method
  end
end

This would be nice compared to

protected 

def method 
end 

public

where you might forget to "public" after the protected methods.

It seems possible to implement this using metaprogramming. Any ideas how?

Best Solution

Since you want to group by functionality you can declare all your methods, and then declare which ones are protected and private by using protected followed by the symbols of the methods you want to be protected, and the same for private.

The following class shows what I mean. In this class all methods are public except bar_protected and bar_private which are declared protected and private at the end.

class Foo

  def bar_public
    print "This is public"
  end

  def bar_protected
    print "This is protected"
  end

  def bar_private
    print "This is private"
  end

  def call_protected
    bar_protected
  end

  def call_private
    bar_private
  end

  protected :bar_protected

  private :bar_private

end