We can certainly use strings as Ruby hash keys; as we’ve seen, there’s always more than one way to do something in Ruby. However, the Rubyist’s approach would be to use symbols.


Check out the code in the editor. Those funny-looking variables that start with colons are symbols. Click Next to the next section for a symbol rundown.

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