Fetching model's attributes (simple problem)

RoR newbie wrote:

I have created the attr_accessors for everything I need but still when
I try to get some of the attributes, it returns nil. I know they have a
value since I can check the database with external program.

For example:

object = Object.find(id)
object.id # works
object.name # works
object.read_by_default # doesnt work

I assume read_by_default is a boolean. Are you sure you're testing that
this attribute is not nil, and not that the value is true?