TIL #5: How to work with Conditional Assignment Operator
The rules says:
A ||= B assigns B to A only if A is nil or falseSo, what if A is actually nil or false? Should we care?
YES, especially when doing simple memoization technique. Lets consider simple case:
def memoization @a ||= 2 # correct, assigns 2 to @a and returns on each method call endbut when the right side of an assignment evaluates to nil or false then something bad happen...
def memoization @a ||= nil # memoization doesn't work as expected. It assigns nil to @a each time the method gets called! endJust imagine the scenario when the right side of an assigment does some heavy calculations which returns nil or false as a result. They will run every single time!
Here you can find more sophisticated example with a way of how to handle a fix for it:
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