Ruby Memoization: ||= vs. defined? - Ruby on Rails and Ember.js consultant

In the majority of the Rails applications or even Ruby gems you can find a lot of use cases where you need to memoize a result of some computation for performance benefits and to not compute it again if this result has already been computed. Seems like doing the assignment to some instance variable with ||= operator is the most commonly used solution for this purpose, e.g. @result ||= do_some_heavy_computation. However, there are some cases where it might not produce the expected outome and you should actually use defined? operator instead.
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Nezir Zahirovic

Freelance software developer Ruby On Rails (4 years) / MCPD .Net / C# / Asp.Net / CSS / SQL / (11 years)

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