wrap(object) public

Wraps its argument in an array unless it is already an array (or array-like).


  • If the argument is nil an empty list is returned.

  • Otherwise, if the argument responds to to_ary it is invoked, and its result returned.

  • Otherwise, returns an array with the argument as its single element.

    Array.wrap(nil)       # => []
    Array.wrap([1, 2, 3]) # => [1, 2, 3]
    Array.wrap(0)         # => [0]

This method is similar in purpose to Kernel#Array, but there are some differences:

  • If the argument responds to to_ary the method is invoked. Kernel#Array moves on to try to_a if the returned value is nil, but Array.wrap returns nil right away.

  • If the returned value from to_ary is neither nil nor an Array object, Kernel#Array raises an exception, while Array.wrap does not, it just returns the value.

  • It does not call to_a on the argument, but returns an empty array if argument is nil.

The second point is easily explained with some enumerables:

Array(foo: :bar)      # => [[:foo, :bar]]
Array.wrap(foo: :bar) # => [{:foo=>:bar}]

There’s also a related idiom that uses the splat operator:


which returns [] for nil, but calls to Array(object) otherwise.

The differences with Kernel#Array explained above apply to the rest of objects.

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