Issue #15723 has been updated by matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto).


After discussion and consideration, we picked `_1`, `_2`... as numbered parameters. I investigated replaced examples, the current `@1` etc. are too confusing with instance variables. So I picked underscore for numbered parameters (a la Scala). We didn't choose Scala's default parameter (`_`), because it is confusing from my view.

The whole parameter (e.g. `|a|`) can be captured using `_0`.  The `_0` part is kind of compromise, but I think it's acceptable.

The bare `_1` etc. in the current code will be warned. You can use those identifiers as local variable names or method names, but they are not recommended from 2.7 and later. And they might be prohibited in the future.

Matz.


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Misc #15723: Reconsider numbered parameters
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/15723#change-81242

* Author: sos4nt (Stefan Schler)
* Status: Feedback
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto)
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I just learned that *numbered parameters* have been merged into Ruby 2.7.0dev.

For readers not familiar with this feature: it allows you to reference block arguments solely by their *index*, e.g.

```ruby
[1, 2, 3].each { |i| puts i }

# can become

[1, 2, 3].each { puts @1 }
```

I have an issue with this new feature: I think **it encourages sloppy programming** and results in **hard to read code**.

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The [original proposal](https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/4475) was to include a special variable (or keyword) with a **readable name**, something like:

```ruby
[1, 2, 3].each { puts it }

# or

[1, 2, 3].each { puts this }
```

Granted, that looks quite lovely and it actually speaks to me  I can *understand* the code. And it fits Ruby: (quoting the website)

> [Ruby] has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

But the proposed `it` / `this` has limited application. It's only useful when dealing with a single argument. You can't have multiple `it`-s or `this`-es. That's why `@1`, `@2`, `@3` etc. were chosen instead.

However, limiting the usefulness to a single argument isn't bad at at. In fact, a single argument seem to be the limit of what makes sense:
```
h = Hash.new { |hash, key| hash[key] = "Go Fish: #{key}" }

# vs

h = Hash.new { @1[@2] = "Go Fish: #{@2}" }
```
Who wants to read the latter? That looks like an archaic bash program (no offense). We already discourage Perl style `$`-references: (from [The Ruby Style Guide](https://github.com/rubocop-hq/ruby-style-guide#no-perl-regexp-last-matchers))

> Don't use the cryptic Perl-legacy variables denoting last regexp group matches (`$1`, `$2`, etc). Use `Regexp.last_match(n)` instead.

I don't see how our code can benefit from adding `@1` and `@2`.

Naming a parameter isn't useless  it gives context. With more than one parameter, naming is crucial. And yes, naming is hard. But avoiding proper naming by using indices is the wrong way.

So please reconsider numbered parameters.

Use a readable named variable (or keyword) to refer to the first argument or ditch the feature entirely.

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implicit-param.diff (20 KB)


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