Forum: Ruby Explanation on some code

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Michael A. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 15:39

Today i looked at ruby for the first time.

I can't quite figure out what this code is. Could someone give me an

  'some_file.html' => [
    'Some text',
    'Some more text'
  'some_other_file.html' => [
    'other text',
    'And even more text'
  'yet_another_file.html' => [
    ['Last text', 2]

Thanks a lot.
Robert D. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 16:00
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On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 2:34 PM, Michael Albers
<removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
>    'Some more text'
> Thanks a lot.
> --
> Posted via
It is a hash (literally specified at the RHS of the equal sign)
assigned to a constant, FILES.
The hash syntax is like the following

hash ::= '{' key_value_pairs '}' | '{' '}';
key_value_pairs ::= key "=>" value;
key ::= value ::= expression

Your expressions are made of string literals and lists.
Nough said
fire up irb and type in some simple expressions like

{'a' => 42}
x = [1,2,3]
y=%w{a b c }
h={ :symbol => x, "string" => y}


Ne baisse jamais la tête, tu ne verrais plus les étoiles.

Robert D. ;)
Vladimir F. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 16:13
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 It's a HASH - code structure similar to array where you use as index
(and not number). Value of elements in hash are arrays

so for example:

 FILES['some_other_file.html'] will giv you back array:

   ['other text', 'And even more text']



P.S. Google: Ruby pragmatic programmer and find hash section
Michael A. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 16:22
Thanks for the quick replies. I will figure it out now.

Sebastian H. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 20:12
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Robert D. wrote:
> hash ::= '{' key_value_pairs '}' | '{' '}';
> key_value_pairs ::= key "=>" value;
> key ::= value ::= expression

You call it "key_value_pair*s*", but don't allow more than one pair. I
the above should read:
key_value_pairs ::= (key_value_pair ',')* key_value_pair;
key_value_pair ::= key "=>" value;

Robert D. (Guest)
on 2008-12-01 20:25
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U know, exercise left to the reader ;)
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