XQuery is designed to replace boring method call chains and allow to easier convert it in a builder classes

Usage of XQuery function

Xquery is a shortcat to Xquery::Generic.with

r = XQuery(''.html_safe) do |q|
  # similar to tap
  q << 'bla bla bla'
  q << 'bla bla bla'
  # using truncate
  # real content (q.send(:query)) mutated
  q << '!'
r # => "bla bla blab...!"

Usage of XQuery::Abstract

I designed this gem to help me with ActiveRecord Queries, so i inherited XQuery::Abstract and used it's powers. It provides the following features

wrap_method and wrap_methods

when you call each of this methods they became automatically wrapped (XQuery::Abstract basically wraps all methods query #respond_to?) It means, that there are instance methods with same name defined and will change a #query to their call result.

self.query = query.foo(x)
# is basically the same as
# when `wrap_method :foo` called

You can also specify new name using wrap_method :foo, as: :bar syntax

q object

q is a proxy object which holds all of wrapped methods, but not methods you defined inside your class. E.g. i have defined wrap_method(:foo), but also delegated #foo to some another object. If i call q.foo, i will get wrapped method. Note, that if you redefine #__foo method, q.foo will call it instead of normal work. You can add additional methods to q using something like alias_on_q :foo. I used it with kaminary and it was useful

def page=(x)
  apply { |query| query.page(x) }
alias_on_q :page=

def page
alias_on_q :page


You should specify query_superclass class_attribute to inherit XQuery::Abstract. Whenever query.is_a?(query_superclass) evaluate to false, you will get XQuery::QuerySuperclassChanged exception. It can save you much time when your class misconfigured. E.g. you are using select! and it returns nil, because why not?

#apply method

#apply does exact what it source tells

# yields query inside block
# @param block [#to_proc]
# @return [XQuery::Abstract] self
def apply(&block)
  self.query = block.call(query)

It is usefull to merge different queries.

with class method

You can get XQuery functionality even you have not defined a specific class (You are still have to inherit XQuery::Abstract to use it) You can see it in this document when i described XQuery function. Note, that it yields a class instance, not q object. It accepts any arguments, they will be passed to a constructor (except block) If you want only to call one function on an instance (e.g. #apply), you should prefer execute alias