On Wed, 10 Aug 2005, David A. Black wrote:

> Hi --
>
> On Wed, 10 Aug 2005, basi wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>> I'm a bit tired typing:
>> 
>> if a == "" or a == nil
>> if a != "" and a !== nil
>> 
>> I'm sure there is a Ruby way to do this.
>
> You can normalize it to a string:
>
>  if a.to_s.empty?
>
> or, for the opposite:
>
>  unless a.to_s.empty?

'normalize' is such a nicer word than 'cast' - i'll take it!

-a
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