Feature #13303


String#any? as !String#empty?

Added by naruse (Yui NARUSE) over 5 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

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Once I proposed "some container#nonempty?" on #12075, and understand there's Array#any?.

Today I found String doesn't have such method.

Updated by matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto) over 5 years ago

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Updated by herwinw (Herwin Quarantainenet) over 5 years ago

and understand there's Array#any?.

This is a misconception, Array#any? does not check if the array is empty, but if there is a true-ish value in the array:

irb(main):001:0> [false, nil].any?
=> false

This is documented by Enumerable#any?: "If the block is not given, Ruby adds an implicit block of { |obj| obj } that will cause any? to return true if at least one of the collection members is not false or nil."

Beside that, I don't think String#any? is a sensible method name to check if a string is non-empty.

Updated by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler) over 5 years ago

Actually the name .nonempty? is easier to understand than .any? in this
context, or non-empty strings.

I think the only problem is that "nonempty" reads very ... strangely.

I can not come up with a good name either though.


May seem obvious but I am not sure either there since it is quite long.

I think that nonempty? or non_empty? is better than any? in this context

Ignoring the ruby parser, I guess this here would be one of the shortest,
somewhat natural way to query and ask on an object:

object, are you not empty
object not empty?

I guess the most natural ruby way would still be


Or perhaps we can ask any container/object if it has at least
one entry. :\


The last one is a bit awful though - now .non_empty? or .non_empty?
or .not_empty? would look nicer. :)))

Updated by naruse (Yui NARUSE) over 5 years ago

matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto) wrote:


For example

if h and val = h["value"] and val != ""

Updated by duerst (Martin Dürst) over 5 years ago

any? would definitely be the wrong name, because for Arrays, [].any? is always true.

Of the names proposed so far, I think not_empty? looks best. An alternative may be unempty?, but that may sound decidedly unenglish :-). Another may be any_chars?, which would be colloquially correct, but still has the problem that it works differently from a simple any?.

Updated by rosenfeld (Rodrigo Rosenfeld Rosas) over 5 years ago

Maybe String#filled? or String#filled_in? ?

Updated by mame (Yusuke Endoh) over 5 years ago

duerst (Martin Dürst) wrote:

[].any? is always true.

No, it is always false. I agree that String#any? is a bad name for the behavior, anyway.

I think that what Naruse-san really wants is, still, Object#present?.

if h and val = h["value"] and val != ""

if h and h["value"].present?

Updated by stomar (Marcus Stollsteimer) over 5 years ago

mame (Yusuke Endoh) wrote:

if h and h["value"].present?

I think foo.present? semantically should be the same as !foo.nil? ("is the object present?" = "does the object exist?"), which probably wouldn't make much sense as a method on objects other than booleans.


  • String#filled?: is "x" a "full" string? ...
  • String#any_chars?: sounds like there also might be e.g. String#any_bytes?

String#not_empty? or String#non_empty? sounds best so far, IMHO (with "not_empty?" maybe easier to remember esp. for non-native speakers, "!" = "not").

Updated by MSP-Greg (Greg L) over 5 years ago

My vote for is for not needed, with second choice of not_empty?.

  1. neg - I don't believe it's always necessary to have pairs of logical attributes/properties, as it certainly clutters up the namespace.

  2. pos - Ruby already supports if / unless (we'll consider that not common)

  3. pos - It makes for somewhat clearer code when a multi-criteria logical statement does not require the ! operator.

Conversely, all coders should immediately consider a ! a not... So, I don't know if it's really needed...

Updated by naruse (Yui NARUSE) over 5 years ago

I want to use this with &.
Therefore String#empty? is not suitable.
It must returns false if it is empty.

Note that String#present? is also no good because ActiveSupport's present? returns false if its all content are space.

Updated by shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe) over 5 years ago

possible name of this method:

  • #present? is NG because that conflicts with ActiveSupport (AS's #present? have different semantics than what is discussed here).
  • #empty? is NG because the OP wants to use it in conjunction with &.
  • #nonempty? or #non_empty?
  • #notempty? or #not_empty?
    • There has never been a core method that starts with "not-"

Any other ideas?

Updated by MSP-Greg (Greg L) over 5 years ago

shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe) wrote:

Any other ideas?

Assuming we want to stay away from prefixed or concatenated names, I might suggest -


Updated by MSP-Greg (Greg L) over 5 years ago

After some more thought (and the desire for a method name that could be used with other objects), I think


might work for many objects, including those that inherit/include Enumerable.

Simply defined, each? returns true if an #each block will be performed at least once. Nothing about the values, just their existence. It's also rather short...

Updated by sawa (Tsuyoshi Sawada) over 3 years ago

I came up with the method name:

Actions #15

Updated by arimay (yasuhiro arima) almost 2 years ago

"#any?" is preferred, since the same method name is harder to forget and less confusing.
If the Array, Hash and String will have new methods, i propose "#having?" as the new method name.

Updated by Dan0042 (Daniel DeLorme) almost 2 years ago

Related to #17330 -> non(&:empty?)


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