Issue #11167 has been updated by Yukihiro Matsumoto.


Hi,

Is there any real-world use-case for the proposal?
It seems

  def foo?
    @foo
  end

is just fine.

Matz.


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Feature #11167: Allow an attr_ variant for query-methods that end with a question mark '?' character, such as:  def foo?   returning @foo
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11167#change-52586

* Author: Robert A. Heiler
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
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Hi guys,

Hi nobu :)

Also hi matz if matz reads this, and of course the rest of the core
team and everyone else.

Today on IRC, this mini-discussion happened (I show a snippet):

~~~
<apeiros> I really miss attr_query or whatever you want to name it
<apeiros> which would generate a ? method too
<jhass> apeiros: crystal has :P getter?
<apeiros> nice
~~~

Ok, so the language crystal has something ruby does not have.

We can't let those newcomers get away with making ruby look old
now can we!

I use ruby not crystal but I very often use methods that end 
with a '?' query mark in ruby. It helps me in simple if clauses
such as:

~~~ruby
if hash.has_key?
if hash.key?
if cat.is_hungry?
~~~

(In the latter, it might be a cat of class `Cat` instance, with
an instance variable called `@is_hungry`, and when the cat is 
fed with food, it is not hungry logically.)

We can generate these `@ivars` through `attr_`* right now as is
already, such as:

~~~ruby
attr_reader :foo
def foo; @foo; end

attr_writer :foo
def foo=(i); @foo = i; end

attr_accessor :foo
^^^ Combines the above two methods into one.
~~~

But we have no way to designate methods that end via '?'.

I do not know which API call would be nice. apeiros on
IRC suggested  `attr_query`

I am fine with that. (The name is secondary for me, I
would like to have this feature available - what name 
it would then have is not the main issue for me.)

apeiros then also suggested this syntax:


All `attr_`* that would end with a `?` token, would be a 
combination of `attr_reader` and also a variant of the
above that has a '?' token, so for example:

~~~ruby
attr_reader :foo?
~~~

Would create both a method `foo()` and `foo?()`.

People who do not need this, can continue to use:

~~~ruby
attr_reader :foo
~~~

just fine.

So perhaps this suggestion is even better than
a new method (such as through `attr_query()`)

(I also have added one more line from apeiros,
not sure if I understood it, but I think the
above explanation should suffice - here is the
other suggestion he did:)

~~~
apeiros> e.g. attr_reader :foo? -> foo? // attr_accessor :foo? -> foo= + foo? // all with @foo of course. and foo? returning true/false.
~~~

Ok, that's it.

Thanks for reading!




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