"Justin Johnson" <justinj / mobiusent.com> writes:

> 1. Ruby comes with a hell of a lot of features built-in, like the Perl $
> variables and so on.  Shouldn't all this perhaps be classed as an extension?
> I kind of like the idea of a very clean and elegant language out of the box.

This would be nice if it can be done without impacting performance a
whole lot. I wonder if plugging in $_ could be done tidily, though.

> 
> 2. I like the idea of named method parameters (ala Smalltalk, Objective-C).
> There was a discussion elsewhere showing something similar using hash
> tables.  With a bit of syntactic sugar...   :var => 10 could be  var: 10

I always liked that idea, and was never too sure why it never got
discussed further.



Dave