What does "||=" mean?

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Tom Ha

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Apr 14, 2008, 9:44:55 AM4/14/08
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Hi there !

I don't quite understand the following method (taken from RESTful
authentication) and can't google the problem since the Goog won't accept
the search term in question ("||=").

The method:

def current_user
@current_user ||= (login_from_session || login_from_basic_auth ||
login_from_cookie || :false)
end

My question:

I know "||" means a boolean "or", but what does "||=" mean?
Can you translate the above method into a sentence?

Thank you very much for your help!
Tom
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idleFingers

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Apr 14, 2008, 9:51:45 AM4/14/08
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It's an idiom for @current_user = @current_user || ......

.. Helps to keep it DRY

Craig Demyanovich

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Apr 14, 2008, 9:55:04 AM4/14/08
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@current_user ||= some_expression means use @current_user if it's non-nil or true; otherwise, assign some_expression to @current_user and then use @current_user.

Tom Ha

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Apr 14, 2008, 9:59:09 AM4/14/08
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Thanks very much, idleFingers !

Btw, I like your nickname, seems like you're Mr DRY in person... :-)

David A. Black

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Apr 14, 2008, 9:59:29 AM4/14/08
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Hi --

On Mon, 14 Apr 2008, idleFingers wrote:

>
> It's an idiom for @current_user = @current_user || ......

The most accurate representation of how it expands is:

@current_user || @current_user = x

(See ruby-talk for recent discussions of why this is, also:
http://dablog.rubypal.com/2008/3/25/a-short-circuit-edge-case)


David

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