How to do conditional operator?

If an operator is just syntactic sugar for a message send, how do I
coose an operator based on an expression evaluation?

For example:

if a
s += “text”
else
s = “text”
end

I should be able to write it something like this:

s ((a)? send("+=") : send("=")) “text”

Except the ruby compiler chokes on the syntax…

Joe

Hi –

On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, [email protected]n.invalid wrote:

I should be able to write it something like this:

s ((a)? send("+=") : send("=")) “text”

Except the ruby compiler chokes on the syntax…

For several reasons :slight_smile: = isn’t a method, so you can’t send it to an
object. When you do:

s = “whatever”

you are re-using the identifer ‘s’, not operating on the object to
which it currently refers (if any). Also, remember that ‘send’ itself
is a method. At some point, you have to use regular method-calling
syntax (a dot, or falling back on the default receiver).

You could do the if/else version like this:

s = if a
s + “text”
else
“text”
end

(which could all actually be on one line, give or take a ‘then’) or,
if you like the ternary thing:

s = a ? s + “text” : “text”

or even:

s = (a ? s : “”) + “text”

And then, somewhat more bizarrely, there’s:

s = “#{a&&s}text”

David

On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, [email protected] wrote:

I should be able to write it something like this:

s ((a)? send("+=") : send("=")) “text”

Except the ruby compiler chokes on the syntax…

Joe

harp:~ > cat a.rb
a, s = 42, ‘foo’
s.send( a ? ‘<<’ : ‘replace’, ‘bar’ )
p s

a, s = false, ‘foo’
s.send( a ? ‘<<’ : ‘replace’, ‘bar’ )
p s

harp:~ > ruby a.rb
“foobar”
“bar”

-a

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