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Runtime Callbacks

You can be notified whenever one of the following events occurs:

Event Callback Method
Adding an instance method Module#method_added
Adding a singleton method Kernel::singleton_method_added
Subclassing a class Class#inherited
Mixing in a module Module#extend_object

These techniques are all illustrated in the library descriptions for each callback method. At runtime, these methods will be called by the system when the specified event occurs. By default, these methods do nothing. If you want to be notified when one of these events happens, just define the callback method, and you're in.

Keeping track of method creation and class and module usage lets you build an accurate picture of the dynamic state of your program. This can be important. For example, you may have written code that wraps all the methods in a class, perhaps to add transactional support or to implement some form of delegation. This is only half the job: the dynamic nature of Ruby means that users of this class could add new methods to it at any time. Using these callbacks, you can write code that wraps these new methods as they are created.
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