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String conditionals on ActiveRecord callbacks

I’ve got a model for push notifications that uses, and it sends the data to Parse on a callback:

before_create :send_to_parse

The problem is, I have a whole bunch of specs that create push notifications, and I don’t want any sent to Parse during testing. Now, I don’t have the Parse credentials accessible within the test environment, but that throws an error when it tries to send to Parse. So, what I really want is to just send to Parse when we’re not testing.

Turns out this is dead simple, albeit a little strange at first:

before_create :send_to_parse, unless: "Rails.env.test?"

I’ve used conditionals with symbolized method names before, but the string bit threw me off. However, it’s simple valid Ruby code, you can put it in a string and it will be evaluated as such.

This is straight from the docs, and I thought it was super cool.