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Resource Extensions

This API allows you or a third-party gem to augment resources with new methods. There are two ways to use it: in a Builder via a DSL method, or by defining your own modules to register as an extension. The Builder way works just with Ruby-based templates (ERB, etc.), whereas the module way can work with the Resource Liquid Drop as well.

There’s also a summary extension point which can allow a plugin to provide enhanced summaries for resource content.

Builder-based Extensions #

You can use the define_resource_method DSL with a block to add a new method onto all Bridgetown::Resource::Base objects.

def build
  define_resource_method :upcased_title do
<!-- some ERB template -->
Title: <%= resource.upcased_title %>

Note that the block passed to define_resource_method is evaluated within the scope of a resource instance, which is why it’s calling data directly rather than, say, Your local builder methods won’t be available within the block—however, any variables will be captured within the scope, so if you add builder = self, you can reference the builder within the block by calling builder.

Alternatively, you can define the method directly on your builder, so then when the resource method is called, it transparently delegates to the builder. The resource accessor will be available within your method (assuming the method is called via delegation).

def build
  define_resource_method :upcased_content

def upcased_content
  resource ? resource.content.upcase : nil

Also, you can add a resource class method by passing the class_scope: true argument:

def build
  define_resource_method :resource_class_name, class_scope: true do
    "All your #{name} are belong to us!"

# After the build step:
# => "All your Bridgetown::Resource::Base are belong to us!"

Module-based Extensions #

You can use the Bridgetown::Resource.register_extension method to mixin modules to the resource base. Here’s an example of extending both Liquid Drop and Ruby resource objects:

module TestResourceExtension
  def self.return_string
    "return value"

  module LiquidResource
    def heres_a_liquid_method
      "Liquid #{TestResourceExtension.return_string}"

  module RubyResource
    def heres_a_method(arg = nil)
      "Ruby #{TestResourceExtension.return_string}! #{arg}"

Bridgetown::Resource.register_extension TestResourceExtension

Now in any Ruby template or other scenario, you can call heres_a_method on a resource:


Or in Liquid, it’ll be available through the drop:

{{ site.resources[0].heres_a_liquid_method }}

The extension itself can be any module whatsoever, doesn’t matter—as long as you provide a sub-module of RubyResource and optionally LiquidResource, you’re golden.

Resource Summaries #

By default the first line of content is returned when resource.summary is called, but any resource extension can provide a new way to summarize resources by defining summary_extension_output.

def build
  define_resource_method :summary_extension_output do
    "SUMMARY! #{content.strip[0..10]} DONE"

Your plugin might provide detailed semantic analysis using AI, or call out to a 3rd-party API (and ideally cache the results for better performance)…anything you can imagine.

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