Using #respond_to? to avoid "no method error" is bad/good practice?

Sometimes, there is a need, that before calling a method on an object,
we should check, if the object responds to a method.

we can do the same either way -

ob.meth if ob.respond_to?(:meth)

or

ob.meth rescue NoMethodError

Which one is considered as best-practice and why ?

On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM, Arup R. [email protected]
wrote:

Which one is considered as best-practice and why ?

It depends on the situation, and there are several other ways. You
can override method_missing to not raise an error, you can use try,
you can use a null object (which certainly keeps the calling code
cleanest), and probably a few others that aren’t springing to my mind
immediately…

-Dave

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