Overriding to_s - Inserting a model directly into a view
<%= @foo %> => #<Foo:0x007fa874102948>
The above happens constantly right? If you want to be able to insert a record into your views directly without having to worry about which column or function holds your functions view string then you need to override
def to_s name end
The above will cause
<%= @foo %> to insert @foo.name into your view or anywhere else your record is inserted as a string.
You can also use aliasing to handle this
alias to_s name
This is functionally identical to the above.