>>>>> "Andrew" == Andrew Cowan <icculus / gmdstudios.com> writes:

    Andrew> I am somewhat new to Ruby, coming from about 10 years of
    Andrew> Perl programming, 6 professionally.

    Andrew> In perl, it is easy to create new variables with variable
    Andrew> names that are defined in another variable. For example:

    Andrew> $var_name = "myVar";
    Andrew> ${"$var_name"} = 10;

    Andrew> would define a new variable $myVar the value 10.

    Andrew> Is there a way to do this in Ruby? I suspect there must be
    Andrew> but haven't been able to figure this out yet.

Others have pointed out ways of doing this in Ruby.  I thought I would
mention that this is rather questionable practice to begin with (even
in Perl).  I think Mark-Jason Dominus explained it best in a three
part article at ... http://perl.plover.com/varvarname.html

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