On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Kevin Brown wrote:

> On Wednesday 14 December 2005 16:19, Andy Delcambre wrote:
>> What is wrong with printf, I learned C first and most recently have
>> done a lot of programming with python which includes printf style
>> variable interpolation. It is my favorite way of formatting output as
>> it is what I know.  Does god kill a kitten out of personal preference
>> or some deep seated problem with printf in ruby?
>
> C/C++ programmers are comfortable with printf.  If someone overloaded the %
> operator and started using that in C++, you'd get annoyed.  It's not
> something that's a widely used portion of the language.  So if anyone else
> ever has to read your code, you're asking them to approach it from the C
> point of view instead of the Ruby point of view.  Being that the common
> denominator is that they'll know Ruby, this is inconsiderate.
>
> Can you do it?  Sure.  But Ruby programmers, as a rule, do not think about
> string processing this way.  At least save yourself some keystrokes and use
> the exact same format string and % if you must.

sure.  but here you have

   harp:~ > irb
   irb(main):001:0> Time::now.strftime '%H:%M:%S'
   => "17:44:28"

in case op didn't know...

regards.

-a
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