Issue #11541 has been reported by Johannes Barre.

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Feature #11541: Let attr_accessor, _reader & _writer return symbols of the defined methods
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11541

* Author: Johannes Barre
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
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Since Ruby 2.1, `def` returns a symbol with the name of the just defined method, so you can easily pass it to visibility modifiers like `private`, `protected`, and `public`. Why not let `attr_reader` & friends return an array with the names of the defined methods, so we can easily write:

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private attr_reader :method1, :method2
~~~

To fully support the example above, `private` would be required to accept also arrays with method names. Without it, it would require the star syntax, which would already be an improvement:

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private *attr_reader :method1, :method2
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I wrote two test cases to better illustrate the impact:

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test/ruby/test_module.rb:

  def test_attr_return_value
    c = Class.new

    assert_equal(%i(reader1 reader2), c.class_eval { attr_reader(:reader1, :reader2) })
    assert_equal(%i(writer1= writer2=), c.class_eval { attr_writer(:writer1, :writer2) })
    assert_equal(%i(accessor1 accessor1= accessor2 accessor2=), c.class_eval { attr_accessor(:accessor1, :accessor2) })
  end

test/ruby/test_method.rb:

  def test_visibility_modifier_with_array
    c = Class.new do
      def m1; end
      def m2; end
    end

    c.class_eval { private %i(m1 m2) }
    assert(c.private_method_defined?(:m1))
    assert(c.private_method_defined?(:m2))

    c.class_eval { protected %w(m1 m2) }
    assert(c.protected_method_defined?(:m1))
    assert(c.protected_method_defined?(:m2))

    c.class_eval { public :m1, [:m2] } # Not sure if this should be allowed.
    assert(c.public_method_defined?(:m1))
    assert(c.public_method_defined?(:m2))

    assert_raise(NameError) do
      c.class_eval { private %i(m1 m2 m3) }
    end
    assert(c.private_method_defined?(:m1))
    assert(c.private_method_defined?(:m2))

    assert_raise(TypeError) do
      c.class_eval { protected [:m1, 2] }
    end
    assert(c.private_method_defined?(:m1))

    assert_raise(TypeError) do
      c.class_eval { public [:m1, [:m2]] } # Not sure about this case. Should it be allowed?
    end
    assert(c.public_method_defined?(:m1))
  end
~~~~
WDYT? Thank you!



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