to_json adds double quote to beginning and end of string

Hello all,

I have a question regarding the to_json function. If I create a string
in script/console, and then apply the to_json method, it will take the
first and last double quote as part of the string. Is this behaviour
normal?

eg:

test = "my string"
test.to_json will return "\"my string\""

Regards,
Carl

I have a question regarding the to_json function. If I create
a string in script/console, and then apply the to_json
method, it will take the first and last double quote as part
of the string. Is this behaviour normal?

eg:

test = "my string"
test.to_json will return "\"my string\""

Yep. The rails console is printing test.to_json as a string value like
any other. Notice if you output the test variable itself, being a string
value, it's surrounded by double quotes. The same thing happens to
test.to_json, with the added wrinkle that the value contains actual
double quote characters, which are escaped for display.

- donald

It's not taking the first and last double quote as part of the string,
per say. It's just generating a valid JSON object for you. In the
case of a bare words like: my string, the JSON would be "my string".

'blah'.to_json

=> "\"blah\""

puts 'blah'.to_json

"blah"
=> nil