17 Apr '13, 2pm

English Name Equivalents for Ruby's Special Variables:

English Name Equivalents for Ruby's Special Variables Post by Peter Cooper The English library (used by simply placing require ‘english’ in your program) allows you to access Ruby’s special variables using names expressed in English, rather than symbols. This makes the variables easier to remember. It is interesting how rarely this library appears to be used in publicly available code, although the use of the special variables does tend to be discouraged. However, the main ones are listed below: $DEFAULT_OUTPUT (alias for $>) is an alias for the destination of output sent by commands such as print and puts. By default it points to $stdout, the standard output (see the first sidebar in Chapter 9 for more information), typically the screen or current terminal. $DEFAULT_INPUT (alias for $ is an object that acts somewhat like a File object for data being sent to the script at ...

Full article: http://www.rubyinside.com/advent2006/11-english.html

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