How to read RoR (ruby?) aloud?

Is there a recommended way to “speak” (orally or mentally) the
punctuation-loaded RoR (Ruby) constructs?

I’m guessing that

: is silent
=> is spoken as “is”
do |thing| is spoken as “do with thing”

so that a reader’s mind might be “say”
create_table “containers_drinks”, :id => false do |t|
as
createtable containersdrinks with id as false do with t

PS. I know this is an odd question. I ask because I’ve only seen any
of these symbols on a screen; nobody I know personally uses either
Ruby or RoR. Does pronunciation matter? Probably not, but I do
remember learning French vocabulary from a book with a poor
pronunciation key, and being embarrassed in class when I pronounced
things as they looked. More seriously, though, I think forming a
mental sound may help people to adopt a language. For example, I
adored APL back in the day, but I became aware that the language was
not catching on partly because people couldn’t talk about the code
aloud.

Hi –

On Sat, 3 Feb 2007, dankelley wrote:

so that a reader’s mind might be “say”
create_table “containers_drinks”, :id => false do |t|
as
createtable containersdrinks with id as false do with t

It’s a valiant attempt but I don’t think I’d know what you were
talking about :slight_smile:

PS. I know this is an odd question. I ask because I’ve only seen any
of these symbols on a screen; nobody I know personally uses either
Ruby or RoR. Does pronunciation matter? Probably not, but I do
remember learning French vocabulary from a book with a poor
pronunciation key, and being embarrassed in class when I pronounced
things as they looked. More seriously, though, I think forming a
mental sound may help people to adopt a language. For example, I
adored APL back in the day, but I became aware that the language was
not catching on partly because people couldn’t talk about the code
aloud.

I just use lots of hand gestures :slight_smile:

David


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I don’t personally know any rubyists either, but I don’t ever really
remember speaking or hearing C or Java (unless you count university
lectures, but even then the lecturer used an OHP or computer projector).
I
don’t really think there is a standard way. I can understand what you
mean
about making it easier to learn if you know how to say it, but I’m quite
a
visual person, so I don’t really need to. If you would like to be able
to
speak it, just work out a standard that’s best for you and use that.

People don’t generally talk about code in that much detail unless they
are
at a computer in my experience. The only times I’ve ever talked about
coding, it’s been object structure, or at most, “I used a for-loop to do
it,” that sort of thing. Usually when talking about Java, I could’ve
been
talking about any OO language.

-Nathan

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