Rails 6.1 introduce ‘compact_blank’

Before Rails 6 we used to remove the blank values from Array and Hash by using other available methods.

Before:

  [...].delete_if(&:blank?)
  {....}.delete_if { |_k, v| v.blank? }
OR
  [...].reject(&:blank?)
  ...

From now, Rails 6.1.3.1 onwards you can use the module Enumerable’s compact_blank and compact_blank! for this.

Now we can use:

[1, "", nil, 2, " ", [], {}, false, true].compact_blank
=> [1, 2, true]

['', nil, 8, [], {}].compact_blank
=> [8]

{ a: "", b: 1, c: nil, d: [], e: false, f: true }.compact_blank
=> {:b=>1, :f=>true}

The method compact_blank! is a destructive method (handle with care) for compact_blank.

As a Rails developer I am awaited for this method because there comes lot of scenarios where we replicate this functionality.

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Author: Abhilash

Hey! This is Abhilash - Ruby developer, specialised on web development. Experienced with frameworks such as Rails, Angular, Sinatra, Laravel, NodeJS etc. I am working on Ruby on Rails platform since 2010. This blog is about Ruby, Ruby On Rails and other subjects that I have had experienced with. You can contact me here: abhilash.amballur@gmail.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/abhilashak

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