A few months ago I wrote a post about Ruby Code blocks, Symbols and
Syntactic Sugar. They serve as a gentle introduction to 3 interesting
features. If you are coming from a different language, or a new to
programming, I think you will find the post interesting. Feel free to
a comment on my blog if you like this.
This announcement surfaced back in the late seventies:
“CAUTION: The Programmer General has advised that excessive use of
Syntactic Sugar has been shown to lead to Hardening of the Semi-Colon.”
It has never been retracted, as far as I know.
It appears the opposite happened with Ruby, as we rarely use
The point of the article is to point out Ruby features to reduce
for new Rubyist.