acts_like?(duck) public

Provides a way to check whether some class acts like some other class based on the existence of an appropriately-named marker method.

A class that provides the same interface as SomeClass may define a marker method named acts_like_some_class? to signal its compatibility to callers of acts_like?(:some_class).

For example, Active Support extends Date to define an acts_like_date? method, and extends Time to define acts_like_time?. As a result, developers can call x.acts_like?(:time) and x.acts_like?(:date) to test duck-type compatibility, and classes that are able to act like Time can also define an acts_like_time? method to interoperate.

Note that the marker method is only expected to exist. It isn’t called, so its body or return value are irrelevant.

Example: A class that provides the same interface as String

This class may define:

class Stringish
  def acts_like_string?

Then client code can query for duck-type-safeness this way: # => true
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