Typed accessors creates a set of accessors with a predefined typed. Often when dealing with webservices all the data comes back as strings, but you really want to be working with these things as numbers or dates. Manually converting them is duplication, and can be error prone.
class Foo float_accessor :float date_accessor :date end >> f = Foo.new => #<Foo:0xb7a3dd44> >> f.float = "1.4" => "1.4" >> f.float => 1.4 >> f.float = "1" => "1" >> f.float => 1.0 >> f.date = "2009-10-30" => "2009-10-30" >> f.date => #<Date: 4910269/2,0,2299161> >> f.date.to_s => "2009-10-30"
sudo gem install typed_accessors
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