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method

respond_to?

Importance_2
respond_to?(name, include_private = false) public

A Person object with a name attribute can ask person.respond_to?(:name), person.respond_to?(:name=), and person.respond_to?(:name?) which will all return true. It also define the attribute methods if they have not been generated.

class Person < ActiveRecord::Base
end

person = Person.new
person.respond_to(:name)    # => true
person.respond_to(:name=)   # => true
person.respond_to(:name?)   # => true
person.respond_to('age')    # => true
person.respond_to('age=')   # => true
person.respond_to('age?')   # => true
person.respond_to(:nothing) # => false
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