How to add a method to an existing class and use it in rails environment

Hi,

I am using rails 2.0.2 version and I have a need to add a method to an
existing class and use it in the rails environment. For example, I
would like to add a method to Numeric class, so I coded it as follows

class Numeric
   def radians
      self * Math::PI/180
   end
end

and then placed it under <my rails app>/lib directory. However I am
not able use this new method in my apps controller, ruby throws no
method found error.

Did I do something wrong?

Thanks
Babu

the code is ok I think.
but if it's in lib, you would have to require it before you can use it
so if the file is named numeric.rb
then
require "numeric"
either in environment.rb or in the controller or mode where it is used

another option is to put the file in config/initializers
this should be loaded by default (though I haven't used this yet)

If it goes in environment.rb (which is where I put anything that will be
needed anywhere in the application), you'll need to restart your server.
Can't speak about the initializers. Haven't used them yet.

Peace,
Phillip

Thanks for the replies. I tried placing the class definition directly
in environment.rb, it works but any updates to
the definition requires server restart.

Probably I'll try placing the .rb file under libs directory and
require statement in controller or directly in the model.

Thanks again
-Babu

Phillip Koebbe wrote:

If it goes in environment.rb (which is where I put anything that will be
needed anywhere in the application), you'll need to restart your server.
Can't speak about the initializers. Haven't used them yet.

Oh, I should clarify that I don't mean to put the actual method
definitions in environment.rb. I always put those in a file in lib/.
What I meant was if the require <file> were to go in environment.rb,
then a server restart is required when you change lib/file.

Sorry for the confusion.

Phillip