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Ruby module R110
Special Variables and Pseudo-Variables
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module R110. This topic is presented on public courses Learning to program in Ruby, Ruby Programming

Every operation has a result. Easy - store it to a varibale. But operations have side effects too that you can read from special variables. And the very act of running your script provides a wide variety of extra information that you may want to use ... and is there, if you know where, for the asking.
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Examples from our training material
answer   Data manipulation example (table inversion)
av   Command Line Parameters to a Ruby program
c3.rb   Process every line via topicalisation
cc   begin block
envx   reading and setting environment variables from and for shell commands
gloop1   Topicalisation - before
gloop2   Topicalisation - after
pgv.rb   Predefined global variables and resources
rerub   Cleaning an incoming string in Ruby
ruby_awk.rb   implicit loop around code - awk mode
tiny   Autosplit mode, a loop round your code, BEGIN and END
topic.rb   Topicalisation - the use of $_
vvx   variable types
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
ARGV, $0 and friends - the command line.
Other special variables from $: through $$ to $<.
Environment variables.
Reserved words in Ruby.
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