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Active Model Conversion

Handles default conversions: #to_model, #to_key, #to_param, and to_partial_path.

Let's take for example this non-persisted object.

class ContactMessage
  include ActiveModel::Conversion

  # ContactMessage are never persisted in the DB
  def persisted?
    false
  end
end

cm = ContactMessage.new
cm.to_model == cm  # => true
cm.to_key          # => nil
cm.to_param        # => nil
cm.to_partial_path # => "contact_messages/contact_message"
Methods
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Instance Public methods
to_key()

Returns an Array of all key attributes if any is set, regardless if the object is persisted or not. Returns nil if there are no key attributes.

class Person
  include ActiveModel::Conversion
  attr_accessor :id
end

person = Person.create(id: 1)
person.to_key # => [1]
# File activemodel/lib/active_model/conversion.rb, line 53
def to_key
  key = respond_to?(:id) && id
  key ? [key] : nil
end
to_model()

If your object is already designed to implement all of the Active Model you can use the default :to_model implementation, which simply returns self.

class Person
  include ActiveModel::Conversion
end

person = Person.new
person.to_model == person # => true

If your model does not act like an Active Model object, then you should define :to_model yourself returning a proxy object that wraps your object with Active Model compliant methods.

# File activemodel/lib/active_model/conversion.rb, line 39
def to_model
  self
end
to_param()

Returns a string representing the object's key suitable for use in URLs, or nil if persisted? is false.

class Person
  include ActiveModel::Conversion
  attr_accessor :id
  def persisted?
    true
  end
end

person = Person.create(id: 1)
person.to_param # => "1"
# File activemodel/lib/active_model/conversion.rb, line 71
def to_param
  (persisted? && key = to_key) ? key.join('-') : nil
end
to_partial_path()

Returns a string identifying the path associated with the object. ActionPack uses this to find a suitable partial to represent the object.

class Person
  include ActiveModel::Conversion
end

person = Person.new
person.to_partial_path # => "people/person"
# File activemodel/lib/active_model/conversion.rb, line 84
def to_partial_path
  self.class._to_partial_path
end