# File activesupport/lib/active_support/core_ext/hash/indifferent_access.rb, line 100 def symbolize_keys!; self end
This can be helpful when you have a non-ActiveRecord model and you want your initialize method to take a hash of parameters. If you symbolize the hash, you can extract your parameters regardless of whether initialize received a hash of strings or hash of symbols.
This method simply returns the hash itself since HashWithIndifferentAccess by definition support symbolized key access. For a (regular rails) Hash there is ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions::Hash::Keys#symbolize_keys! that “Destructively convert all keys to symbols”.