Nick Vanderbilt Nick Vanderbilt -3 years ago 113
Ruby Question

How can I get JavaScript style hash access?

I am aware of this feature provided by ActiveSupport.

h =
h.boy = 'John'
h.girl = 'Mary'
h.boy # => 'John'
h.girl # => 'Mary'

However I already have a large hash and I want to access that hash using dot notation. This is what I tried:

large_hash = {boy: 'John', girl: 'Mary'}
h =
h.boy # => nil

That did not work. How can I make this work.

I am using ruby 1.9.2


Sorry I should have mentioned that I can't use openstruct because it does not have each_pair method which Struct has. I do not know keys beforehand so I can't use openstruct.

Answer Source

OpenStruct should work nicely for this.

If you want to see how it works, or perhaps make a customized version, start with something like this:

h = { 'boy' => 'John', 'girl' => 'Mary' }

class << h
  def method_missing m

puts h.nothing
puts h.boy
puts h.girl
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