Hi,

I am parsing an xml document, and I wanted to know if there is a quick
built in way to convert a string to a symbol or a boolean. an example
xml doc would be:

<test id="first" search="false">data</test>

Now I know I can do some string compares, and set the variable
accordingly, but I was wondering if there are shortcuts, much like the
to_i method.

thanks!
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