Joachim Wuttke wrote:
> Feature #994: Hash-order preservation should be declared a feature; documentation needs to be adapted
> http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/show/994
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> Author: Joachim Wuttke
> Status: Open, Priority: Normal
>
> I would like to come back to a thread from March 2008 in comp.lang.ruby,
> http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.ruby/browse_thread/thread/5803482840ed66ca/7af75e86b1975224?hl=enaf75e86b1975224:
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> For me, hash order preservation is an important advantage of Ruby 1.9; it allows me to generate human-readable YAML output without ugly workarounds.
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> Matz said, it is now a guaranteed feature of CRuby; but at that time he was still cautious regarding Ruby-the-language. Maybe time has come to establish a consensus and to take a decision. It would give me security for the future of my code base.
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> Once hash-order preservation is declared a feature, the following text in ri1.9 needs to be adapted:
>   "The order in which you traverse a hash by either key or value may seem arbitrary, and will generally not be in the insertion order."
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If it has been declared a feature shouldn't Hash#sort and Hash#sort_by
return a hash instead of an array? It would also be possible to
implement Hash#sort! in the style of Array#sort! then.

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Florian Frank