----- Original Message -----
From: "Iain 'Spoon' Truskett" <spoon / dellah.org>
To: "ruby-talk ML" <ruby-talk / ruby-lang.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: elseif?


> * Shannon Fang (xrfang / hotmail.com) [05 Dec 2002 11:12]:
>
> [...]
> > I don't think you should attribute regex to perl. I love regex, but it
> > is not a perl thing. I use grep and vim... all support regex.
>
> It is a perl thing: Native regex support *in* the *language*.


How about awk? ;-) I guess it was a pioneer in "Native regex support *in*
the *language*".




>
> One reason I've not bothered looking at the xregex package someone
> posted was because it uses strings rather than regexes. I'd much rather
> see xregex posted as a patch to the ruby sources to improve all regexen.
>
> > About other stuff like $_ $! $` .... I *hate* them. Probably using
> > english.rb is better?
>
> I was mostly thinking $1, $2, $3 ...
>
> While it would be good using the long names of the punctuation ones,
> sometimes that's just irritating. I'm not a Java/VB programmer =)
>
> For me, writing unnecessary code is what makes a programming language
> bad. Thus Perl loses points in the OO department, while Ruby gives
> several thousand. Ruby lets me do things quickly and simply.
>
> I use $1.. rather than fiddling with match objects. Does that make me a
> bad ruby programmer? =)
>
>
> I think we're just disagreeing about *how* ruby is so lovely =)
>
>
> cheers,
> --
> Iain.
>
>
>