method_missing(method_id, *args, &block)public
Allows access to the object attributes, which are held in the @attributes hash, as though they were first-class methods. So a Person class with a name attribute can use Person#name and Person#name= and never directly use the attributes hash — except for multiple assigns with ActiveRecord#attributes=. A Milestone class can also ask Milestone#completed? to test that the completed attribute is not nil or 0.
It’s also possible to instantiate related objects, so a Client class belonging to the clients table with a master_id foreign key can instantiate master through Client#master.
# File activemodel/lib/active_model/attribute_methods.rb, line 362 def method_missing(method_id, *args, &block) method_name = method_id.to_s if match = match_attribute_method?(method_name) guard_private_attribute_method!(method_name, args) return __send__(match.target, match.attr_name, *args, &block) end super end