>>>>> "s" == saggmannen  <saggmannen / yahoo.com> writes:

s> Perl. Let's say I'm not in love with them. Is there an alternative way
s> to obtain the same functionality, but in a more verbose and intuitive
s> way?

 Well, you have lib/English.rb which create aliases, for example

pigeon% head English.rb 
alias $ERROR_INFO              $!
alias $ERROR_POSITION          $@
alias $LOADED_FEATURES         $"
alias $FS                      $;
alias $FIELD_SEPARATOR         $;
alias $OFS                     $,
alias $OUTPUT_FIELD_SEPARATOR  $,
alias $RS                      $/
alias $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR  $/
alias $ORS                     $\
pigeon% 


Guy Decoux