Class SimpleExtensionModule

  • Direct Known Subclasses:

    public abstract class SimpleExtensionModule
    extends ExtensionModule
    An extension module which provides extension methods using a DefaultGroovyMethods-like implementation, that is to say using static methods defined in an "extension class".

    For commodity, multiple extension classes may be defined in a single module, including classes used to define new static methods.

    Modules are required to implement the getInstanceMethodsExtensionClasses() for classes defining new instance methods, and getStaticMethodsExtensionClasses() for classes defining static methods.

    For example, to define a module adding methods to the String class, you can write a helper class:

     class StringExtension {
         public static int count(String self, char c) {
             int result = 0;
             for (int i=0;i<self.length(); i++) {
                 if (self.charAt(i)==c) result++;
             return result;

    This class defines a single static method taking the string instance as first argument, allowing to define a new instance method on the String class:

    String#count(char c)

    To define a new static method on a class, as the static modifier is already used for instance methods, you must use another helper class, for example:

     class StaticStringExtension {
         public static void foo(String self) { System.out.println("foo"); }

    The first argument of the method is only used to tell the class for which we add a static method. You can now define an extension module:

     class MyStringModule extends SimpleExtensionModule {
         // ...
         public List<Class> getInstanceMethodsExtensionClasses() {
             return Collections.singletonList(StringExtension.class);
         public List<Class> getStaticMethodsExtensionClasses() {
             return Collections.singletonList(StaticStringExtension.class);
    • Constructor Detail

      • SimpleExtensionModule

        public SimpleExtensionModule​(java.lang.String moduleName,
                                     java.lang.String moduleVersion)
    • Method Detail

      • getInstanceMethodsExtensionClasses

        public abstract java.util.List<java.lang.Class> getInstanceMethodsExtensionClasses()
        the list of classes defining new instance methods.
      • getStaticMethodsExtensionClasses

        public abstract java.util.List<java.lang.Class> getStaticMethodsExtensionClasses()
        the list of classes defining new static methods.