drhyde drhyde - 1 month ago 4x
Ruby Question

What is a simple / elegant way in Ruby to tell if a particular variable is a Hash or an Array?

To check what

is, I am doing a

if @some_var.class.to_s == 'Hash'

I am sure there is a more elegant way to check if
is a
or an


You can just do:

@some_var.class == Hash

or also something like:


It's worth noting that the "is_a?" method is true if the class is anywhere in the objects ancestry tree. for instance:

@some_var.is_a?(Object)  # => true

the above is true if @some_var is an instance of a hash or other class that stems from Object. So, if you want a strict match on the class type, using the == or instance_of? method is probably what you're looking for.