Obviously based on the earlier thread. I think this is actually an
utterly terrible idea. Haven’t you heard that song by Loverboy? “Pig
and elephant DNA just don’t mix”? But I think the implementation
would be fascinating.
What would it take to write a Ruby pre-processor which parsed Ruby
written in a Pythonic style and turned it into actual valid Ruby? Or
even a Ruby library like Xavier’s Perl example, which allows you to
code Ruby as if it were Python after just requiring the library? The
original post’s main argument was that indentation is a stable,
consistent shorthand for Ruby’s end statements. If all you’re looking
to do is use tabs as syntactic sugar, then it should be pretty easy to
just write something which knows how to translate a sequence of tabs
in and tabs out into a series of end statements at the end.
Is this only doable in Perl, because Perl has source filtering? Would
you have to encase the Pythonic “Ruby” in a string and then run that
string through a processor after the fact, or could it “just work”
without any obvious prep on the user’s part? If you did it as a
string, it should be as easy as counting tabs. But source filtering,
that sounds like the better way.
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than that, call me on my cell.