Super simple conversion of hashes into plain Ruby objects. Also works in RubyMotion.
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Very simple conversion of hashes to plain Ruby objects. This is great for consuming JSON API's which is what I use it for. Also works in RubyMotion.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem "dish"

Then run:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself:

$ gem install dish

If you want a to_dish helper method added to your Hash and Array objects, you can require dish/ext in your Gemfile:

gem "dish", require: "dish/ext"

Installation in RubyMotion

Dish fully supports RubyMotion, enabling you to easily consume JSON API's in your Ruby iOS apps.

For installation in RubyMotion, add this line to your project's Gemfile:

gem "dish", require: "dish/motion"

Then run:

$ bundle

And you're good to go.

NOTE: If you're using Dish with the BubbleWrap JSON module, please see below.


hash = {
  title: "My Title",
  authors: [
    { id: 1, name: "Mike Anderson" },
    { id: 2, name: "Well D." }
  active: false

book = Dish(hash) # or hash.to_dish if you required "dish/ext"
book.title           # => "My Title"
book.authors.length  # => 2
book.authors[1].name # => "Well D."
book.title?          # => true         # => false
book.other           # => nil
book.other?          # => false


Values can automatically be coerced, for example into a custom Dish object or a Time, for example if you have an updated_at in the source.

class Author < Dish::Plate; end

class Product < Dish::Plate
  coerce :updated_at, ->(value) { Time.parse(value) }
  coerce :authors, Author

source_products = [
    title: "Test Product",
    updated_at: "2013-01-28 13:23:11",
    authors: [
      { id: 1, name: "First Author" },
      { id: 2, name: "Second Author" }
    title: "Second Product",
    updated_at: "2012-07-11 19:54:07",
    authors: [
      { id: 1, name: "Third Author" },
      { id: 2, name: "Fourth Author" }

products = Dish(source_products, Product)
products.first.updated_at    # => instance of Time (2013-01-28 13:23:11)
products.first.authors.first # => instance of Author

# If you required "dish/ext", you can also:
products = source_products.to_dish(Product)

# The above example uses an array. You can do the same directly on a hash:
hash = { title: "My Product", updated_at: "2014-01-15 09:12:45" }
product = Dish(hash, Product) # => instance of Product
product = hash.to_dish(Product) # => instance of Product when using "dish/ext"

This is inspired by Hashie's coercion methods.

Have fun!

Converting back to Ruby/JSON objects

You can use the Dish::Plate#to_h method for accessing the original hash. In addition Dish::Plate#to_json can be used for marshaling JSON if you are using RubyMotion (NSJSONSerialization is used) or have required the "json" Ruby stdlib.

NOTE: Previously Dish::Plate#to_h was called Dish::Plate#as_hash. The Dish::Plate#as_hash method is now deprecated.


Using with the BubbleWrap JSON module

When you use the BubbleWrap gem to parse JSON into a hash, you can't use the Hash#to_dish methods directly because the BW::JSON module returns some sort of hash that hasn't got the methods from the real hash. I'm fixing this, but in the meanwhile you can achieve the same result by doing this:

BW::HTTP.get("") do |response|
  json = BW::JSON.parse(response.body.to_s)
  book = Dish(json) # This is the actual conversion

  title_label.text = book.title
  author_label.text =", ")


Feature additions are very welcome, but please submit an issue first, so we can discuss it in advance. Thanks.

  1. Fork the project
  2. Create a feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Make your changes, including tests so it doesn't break in the future
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new pull request