Ruby on Rails latest stable (v4.2.1) - 0 notes - Class: ClassMethods
instantiate(attributes, column_types = {}) public

Given an attributes hash, instantiate returns a new instance of the appropriate class. Accepts only keys as strings.

For example, Post.all may return Comments, Messages, and Emails by storing the record’s subclass in a type attribute. By calling instantiate instead of new, finder methods ensure they get new instances of the appropriate class for each record.

See +ActiveRecord::Inheritance#discriminate_class_for_record+ to see how this “single-table” inheritance mapping is implemented.

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