In article <BD9EE859-91B4-4DD6-82EB-F71004539775 / pragprog.com>,
Dave Thomas  <dave / pragprog.com> wrote:
>Do you know that 1.9 has excellent built-in support for character  
>encodings?

Like the OP said, as long as #upcase/#downcase don't work, I'd not call that
excellent.

I can certainly understand the constraints of locales/i18n/m17n and the way
choosen by Matz for Ruby, but I'm getting frustrated by the support (or more
exactly lack thereof) of Unicode strings.

I'm looking at friends that have chosen Python and while their way may not be
the Right One (if there is such a way) but they are enjoying it for common
usage.

For a language that toots POLA as a slogan, Unicode support is certainly
violating every principle there. I'm following 1.9 closely through svn and
regularely try to use the Unicode support but it is not getting better.

Sorry if it sounds grumpy but I'm getting frustrated by my favorite language
and am afraid it shows.
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