try Stefan Tilkov, Dec 16, 2008 I continue to like Ruby because of nice little gems like this: class Object ## # @person ? @person.name : nil # vs # @person.try(:name) def try(method) send method if respond_to? method end end On December 17, 2008 9:00 AM, Jens said: If you want to implement: @person ? @person.name : nil It will be: class Object def try(method) send method end end class NilClass def try(method) nil end end ciao jens On December 17, 2008 10:08 AM, Martin Probst said: Interestingly, this sort of functionality (and the similar idioms using “@person … if @person” and “foo = @person || ” ” remind me a lot of XPath/XQuery, where $x/person is simply the empty sequence if person doesn’t exist. Probably an artifact of needing different programming methods for programming against content models (where stuff might be missing) as opposed to fixed programming interfaces.