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"Pe?a, Botp" <botp / delmonte-phil.com> writes:

> GGarramuno / aol.com [mailto:GGarramuno / aol.com] wrote:
> 
> > nobu.nokada / softhome.net wrote in message 
> > news:<200406020151.i521pOHY005774 / sharui.nakada.niregi.kanuma.
> > tochigi.jp>...
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > At Wed, 2 Jun 2004 03:43:42 +0900,
> > > Sam Sungshik Kong wrote in [ruby-talk:102028]:
> > > > s = "My name is %(name)s and my age is %(age)d." % 
> > {"name": "Sam", 
> > > > "age": 34}
> > >  
> > > > I know that ruby has "#{name}" expression.
> > > > But that requires a variable named "name" in advance.
> > > > I want to bind the format string and data later.
> > > 
> > > I proposed that feature once in [ruby-dev:16351], though 
> > rejected, but 
> > > still I think that it would be useful for I18N. Is it worth for RCR?
> > 
> > Do you have an example on how would you use this?  I ask 
> > because I would also vote strongly against it.
> > 
> > One of the things that I really loved about ruby while 
> > learning it was its "#{}" syntax, as it seemed to me a much 
> > more consistent way of achieving what sprintf, $, %, etc. 
> > have been trying for years to achieve in languages like C, 
> > perl, python, etc.
> > 
> > [snip good examples]
> > The %s syntax is anything but readable once you have more 
> > than 3 elements.  Using a hash to try to clarify it seems to 
> > me more of a crutch for languages that do not support ruby's 
> > extremely powerful "#{}" formating. That syntax still forces 
> > me to look for meaning of the text format string in two 
> > different places (in the location of the text and at the end 
> > of it), instead of in a single place as I read the string, 
> > which seems like a step backwards overall.
> 
> 
> I think the op implied late binding or late generation of string and
> variables/hashes. I think ruby can do this w finesse, so we've seen examples
> of workarounds immediately posted (thanks guys, I learned a lot here).
> 
> Thus
> 	given foo_string % foo_hash, one can generate foo_string anytime one
> wants and just tells it to "Hey foo_string, get your values from foo_hash".
> foo_hash of course may contain a lot of key-val pairs. We need not
> care/worry of the order or counts of the vars since the foo_string will just
> pickup what it wants.
> 
> This style is also good for structures and records in db, imho.
> 
> I hope I was thinking straight here. Pls correct me guys if I'm wrong.
> In this regard, I vote for Nobu's rcr.
> 
> kind regards -botp
> 
>   
> 
> 

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