Today I Learned

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Quickly find module inclusion in Ruby

Given I have a class like so:

class Location < ActiveEnum::Base
  include WithLabel
end

Normally I would check for inclusion of something via a declarative method like:

Location.ancestors.include?(ActiveEnum::Base)
=> true

Location.ancestors.include?(String)
=> false

Location.included_modules.include?(WithLabel)
=> true

However it never occured to me that < is defined on Class and returns true if is a subclass of the requested module.

So we can do something like this now:

Location < ActiveEnum::Base
=> true

Location < String
=> nil

Location < WithLabel
=> true

Subtle difference is that the ‘falsey’ case returns nil instead of false.

Also the definition of this method states that it returns true if module is a subclass of other but I’ve found that it returns true for methods that are included as well. Take that as you will.

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