Issue #11704 has been updated by Daniel P. Clark.


Tsuyoshi Sawada wrote:
> I had made a feature request #12079 (later than this post) to allow refinements to be effective in such cases.

If your request were scoped to Class definitions *(as how refinements currently work)* then I would agree you have covered this issue as a feature request.  But since you are showing the "using" method outside the scope of a class definition - your request goes beyond just asking for two additional refinement usages but a redefining of refinements.  *(of which I'm in favor and I'll comment on that thread)*  And so I would say your feature request is very related to this, but not the same thing for the reason of scoping.

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Bug #11704: Refinements only get "used" once in loop
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11704#change-58072

* Author: Daniel P. Clark
* Status: Assigned
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: Yukihiro Matsumoto
* ruby -v: 
* Backport: 2.0.0: UNKNOWN, 2.1: UNKNOWN, 2.2: UNKNOWN
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Same results on Ruby 2.2.2 through Ruby 2.3.0dev (2015-11-18 trunk 52625) [x86_64-linux]

I wrote a benchmark for testing different ways of implementing a `uniq` method and I chose to do it using refinements.  I looped over the results in the benchmark and refined the method with 6 different refinements which each worked.  But the next iteration when `using` is called it doesn't re-refine with previously used refinements.

Example benchmark output on first iteration:

~~~
Array.new(200) !self.dup.uniq!       1.770000   0.010000   1.780000 (  1.778248)
Array.new(200) == uniq.length        1.860000   0.000000   1.860000 (  1.866862)
Array.new(200) == uniq.sort          2.580000   0.010000   2.590000 (  2.584515)
Array.new(200) each index           41.450000   0.080000  41.530000 ( 41.626149)
Array.new(200) combination(2)       23.460000   0.060000  23.520000 ( 23.568865)
Array.new(200) == self.uniq          1.900000   0.010000   1.910000 (  1.909466)
~~~

After that the same methods did not get refined.

~~~
Array.new(210) !self.dup.uniq!       1.990000   0.000000   1.990000 (  2.004269)
Array.new(210) == uniq.length        2.030000   0.010000   2.040000 (  2.032602)
Array.new(210) == uniq.sort          1.990000   0.000000   1.990000 (  1.999509)
Array.new(210) each index            1.990000   0.010000   2.000000 (  2.000181)
Array.new(210) combination(2)        2.000000   0.000000   2.000000 (  2.010159)
Array.new(210) == self.uniq          2.000000   0.010000   2.010000 (  2.009117)

Array.new(220) !self.dup.uniq!       2.100000   0.010000   2.110000 (  2.113701)
Array.new(220) == uniq.length        2.070000   0.000000   2.070000 (  2.075249)
Array.new(220) == uniq.sort          2.090000   0.010000   2.100000 (  2.102771)
Array.new(220) each index            2.070000   0.000000   2.070000 (  2.077393)
Array.new(220) combination(2)        2.070000   0.010000   2.080000 (  2.079561)
Array.new(220) == self.uniq          2.100000   0.010000   2.110000 (  2.110839)

Array.new(230) !self.dup.uniq!       2.210000   0.000000   2.210000 (  2.236008)
Array.new(230) == uniq.length        2.160000   0.010000   2.170000 (  2.166484)
Array.new(230) == uniq.sort          2.140000   0.000000   2.140000 (  2.150384)
Array.new(230) each index            2.130000   0.010000   2.140000 (  2.134572)
Array.new(230) combination(2)        2.120000   0.000000   2.120000 (  2.129683)
Array.new(230) == self.uniq          2.130000   0.010000   2.140000 (  2.137515)
~~~

I found no way to inspect what code was being used as refinements currently don't allow introspection (I have read the Refinement Specs https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/projects/ruby-trunk/wiki/RefinementsSpec ).  But I figure if I wanted to see what the refinement was I could write an additional method to document the current refinement in use.

~~~ruby
module BooleanUniqWithEqualLength
  refine Array do
    def uniq?
      self.length == self.uniq.length
    end

    def which_refinement_uniq?
      "self.length == self.uniq.length"
    end
  end
end
~~~

But introspection is not the issue I'm raising here.  The issue is that you can only use the refinement once within the scope of the loop.  Look at the benchmark results and see the first 6 are correct, and the following 3 times the output is lying about what refinement is being used.

Here's the full benchmark code:

~~~ruby
require 'securerandom'
require 'benchmark'

                         # written to allow 65,536 unique array items
array_of_x = lambda {|x| SecureRandom.hex(x*2).scan(/..../)            }
 
module Refinements
  module BooleanUniqWithDupUniqBang
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        !self.dup.uniq!
      end
    end
  end

  module BooleanUniqWithEqualLength
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        self.length == self.uniq.length
      end
    end
  end

  module BooleanUniqWithEqualSort
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        self.sort == self.uniq.sort
      end
    end
  end

  module BooleanUniqWithEachIndex
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        self.each_with_index { |a,b|
          self.each_with_index { |c,d|
            next if b == d
            return false if a == c
          }
        }
        true
      end
    end
  end

  module BooleanUniqWithCombination
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        self.combination(2).each {|a,b| return false if a == b}
        true
      end
    end
  end

  module BooleanUniqWithUniq
    refine Array do
      def uniq?
        self == self.uniq
      end
    end
  end
end

bench_reps = 10_000
 
bench = Benchmark.benchmark("\nTesting various ways of implementing :uniq? on Array\n(smaller numbers are better)\n\n",34) do |x|
  # Note doing anymore than one test per test type seems to wash the results into all things being equal.
  # Only the first test gives realistic numbers.
  [500].each do |qty|
    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) !self.dup.uniq!") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithDupUniqBang
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }

    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) == uniq.length") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithEqualLength
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }

    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) == uniq.sort") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithEqualSort
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }

    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) each index") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithEachIndex
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }

    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) combination(2)") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithCombination
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }

    x.report("Array.new(#{qty}) == self.uniq") {
      using Refinements::BooleanUniqWithUniq
      bench_reps.times do
        array_of_x.(qty).uniq?
      end
    }
  end  
end
~~~



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