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String interpretation in Ruby

Ruby's rather clever in terms or how it handles string interpretation. Since variable names only start with special characters sometimes, it can't use Perl's trick of making the $ and @ character special in a string. So instead it uses a #{.....} notation. For example:

puts "Tocker is #{tocker}"
uses a local variable.

puts "Ticker is #{$ticker}"
uses a global variable

and

puts "Sign #{noentrysign.colour} and area #{noentrysign.area}"
calls an instance or accessory method on the object. There is a complete example of that code here.
(written 2008-03-21, updated 2008-03-22)

 
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