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Hello folks,

You all know i been forced to use Ruby and i am not happy about that.
But i thought i would share more compelling evidence of the moronicity
of the Ruby language syntax from the perspective of regexp's.

I recently built myself a nice little Ruby script editor because i
hate everything else out there. Whist writing the Colorizer i realized
(again) just how beautifully elegant Python is and how crufty and
asinine Ruby is. Anyhow my point is that by looking at the regexp's
you can clearly see that parsing Ruby syntax is BF and Python syntax
is elegant! Here are a few examples: Note i used look back assertions
for clarity.
--------------------
Modules
--------------------
Python does not have a module syntax (an thank Guido for that!)
because we have a much better system of using the file as a module and
not introducing more cruft into our scripts. Anyway if Python *did*
have a module syntax it would look better than this crap!

Python: N/A
Ruby: r'(?<=module )(::)?(\w+(::)?)*'

--------------------
Classes
--------------------
Python and Ruby class definitions are almost the same except for the
module cruft getting in the way again.

Python: r'(?<=class )\w+'
Ruby: r'(?<=class )(::)?(\w+(::)?)*'

---------------------
Defs
---------------------
HaHa, you're going to poop yourself when you see this! No introduction
needed :-D.

Python: r'(?<=def )\w+'
Ruby: r'(?<=def )(self\.)?((\w+::\w+)|(\w+\.\w+)|(\w+))([?|!])?'

---------------------
Strings
---------------------
Single line strings are exactly the same in both languages except in
Ruby double quoted strings are backslash interpreted and single quote
strings are basically raw. Except Ruby introduces more cruft (as
usual) in the form of what i call "lazy man" stings....
a = %w{ one two three}
["one", "two", "three"]
s = %{one two three}
one two three
repat = %r{one two three}
/one two three/

... only good for hand coding!

----------------------
Multi Line Strings
----------------------
Ha. Ruby does not really have multi line strings. Ruby has what they
call a "Here Doc". Besides picking the most boneheaded name for such
an object they also introduced and even more boneheaded syntax. To
define a "Here Doc" (god i hate that name!) you start with double
greater than ">>" and immediately follow with an identifier token of
you choice (it can be anything your dirty little mind can come up
with.
HEREDOC
this is the body
of a
here doc. Why the
hell did they not just
use triple quotes like Python did.
Now i will need to remember some token to know where'
i stopped
HEREDOC

As you can see it is another example of tacked on functionality that
was not carefully considered before hand. Anyway here are the
regexp's...

Python: r'""".*?"""'
Python: r"'''.*?'''"
Ruby: r'<<(\w+).*?(\1)'

--------------------------
Comments
--------------------------
Ruby and Python single line comments are the same. Use the hash char.
However Ruby introduces multi line comment blocks delimited by the
tokens "=begin" and "=end".

Python: r"#.*"
Ruby: r"=begin.*?=end"
Ruby: r"#.*"

-------------------------
Conculsion
-------------------------
I just want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Van Rossum and the
Python dev team for creating a truly revolutionary 21st century
language that no other language can hold a candle to. Without Python
we would be force to use these "other" monstrosities" on a daily basis
-- and i just don't think i could bear it! Keep up the good work!

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  • MRAB at Aug 9, 2010 at 1:14 am

    rantingrick wrote:
    Hello folks, [snip]
    ---------------------
    Strings
    ---------------------
    Single line strings are exactly the same in both languages except in
    Ruby double quoted strings are backslash interpreted and single quote
    strings are basically raw. Except Ruby introduces more cruft (as
    usual) in the form of what i call "lazy man" stings....
    a = %w{ one two three}
    ["one", "two", "three"]
    s = %{one two three}
    one two three
    repat = %r{one two three}
    /one two three/

    ... only good for hand coding!
    From Perl.
    ----------------------
    Multi Line Strings
    ----------------------
    Ha. Ruby does not really have multi line strings. Ruby has what they
    call a "Here Doc". Besides picking the most boneheaded name for such
    an object they also introduced and even more boneheaded syntax. To
    define a "Here Doc" (god i hate that name!) you start with double
    greater than ">>" and immediately follow with an identifier token of
    you choice (it can be anything your dirty little mind can come up
    with.
    HEREDOC
    this is the body
    of a
    here doc. Why the
    hell did they not just
    use triple quotes like Python did.
    Now i will need to remember some token to know where'
    i stopped
    HEREDOC

    As you can see it is another example of tacked on functionality that
    was not carefully considered before hand. Anyway here are the
    regexp's...

    Python: r'""".*?"""'
    Python: r"'''.*?'''"
    Ruby: r'<<(\w+).*?(\1)'
    Also from Perl.

    I don't know what the point of your post was. We already know that we
    prefer Python; that's why we're here! :-)

    And anyway, being nasty about other languages feels unPythonic to me...
  • Steven D'Aprano at Aug 9, 2010 at 1:15 am

    On Sun, 08 Aug 2010 17:43:03 -0700, rantingrick wrote:

    Ha. Ruby does not really have multi line strings.
    Except, of course, it does, as you go on to show.

    Ruby has what they
    call a "Here Doc". Besides picking the most boneheaded name for such an
    object
    It's standard terminology that has been around for a long time in many
    different languages.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_document

    they also introduced and even more boneheaded syntax. To define a
    "Here Doc" (god i hate that name!) you start with double greater than
    ">>" and immediately follow with an identifier token of you choice (it
    can be anything your dirty little mind can come up with.
    HEREDOC
    this is the body
    of a
    here doc. Why the
    hell did they not just
    use triple quotes like Python did.
    Now i will need to remember some token to know where' i stopped
    HEREDOC

    Incorrect.

    [steve at sylar ~]$ irb
    irb(main):001:0> s = >>END
    SyntaxError: compile error
    (irb):1: syntax error
    s = >>END
    ^
    from (irb):1
    irb(main):002:0> s = <<-END
    irb(main):003:0" Multi-line text
    irb(main):004:0" goes here
    irb(main):005:0" END
    => "Multi-line text\ngoes here\n"
    irb(main):006:0> puts s
    Multi-line text
    goes here
    => nil
    irb(main):007:0>


    As you can see it is another example of tacked on functionality that was
    not carefully considered before hand.
    I disagree. It's an old and venerable technique, and very useful on the
    rare occasion that you have lots of quotation marks in a string.

    Whether those rare occasions are common enough to require specialist
    syntax is another question. In Python, the idea is that two heredocs ('''
    and """) is enough for anybody. That makes it difficult to write a string
    literal like, e.g.:

    Python strings have four delimiters:
    (1) single quote '
    (2) double quote "
    (3) single-quote here-doc '''
    (4) double-quote here-doc """

    plus equivalent raw-strings of each kind.

    Trying writing that as a single literal in Python without escapes. There
    are work-arounds, of course, like using implicit concatenation, but
    they're ugly.

    In Ruby they decided to be more general, so you can define whatever
    heredoc you need to quote whatever literal string you need. That's not
    bone-headed.



    --
    Steven
  • Rantingrick at Aug 9, 2010 at 7:29 am

    On Aug 8, 8:15?pm, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS- cybersource.com.au> wrote:

    In Ruby they decided to be more general, so you can define whatever
    heredoc you need to quote whatever literal string you need. That's not
    bone-headed.
    Devils Advocate!

    PS: Man you're irb main was so full of cobweb i could barley see the
    code... haa... haaaa... hachew!. ;-)
  • Steven D'Aprano at Aug 9, 2010 at 8:21 am

    On Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:29:19 -0700, rantingrick wrote:

    On Aug 8, 8:15?pm, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS-
    cybersource.com.au> wrote:
    In Ruby they decided to be more general, so you can define whatever
    heredoc you need to quote whatever literal string you need. That's not
    bone-headed.
    Devils Advocate!

    PS: Man you're irb main was so full of cobweb i could barley see the
    code... haa... haaaa... hachew!. ;-)
    irb's default prompt is a bit too verbose for my tastes, but Python
    allows you to customise its prompt too. You'll often see people here
    posting copy/pastes with a customised prompt, so obviously some people
    like that sort of thing.

    Me, my biggest gripe with the interactive interpreter is that using >>>
    as a prompt clashes with > as the standard quoting character in email and
    news, but Guido has refused to even consider changing it.

    And that it's quite finicky about blank lines between methods and inside
    functions. Makes it hard to paste code directly into the interpreter.

    And that pasting doesn't strip out any leading prompts. It needs a good
    doctest mode.


    --
    Steven
  • Stefan Schwarzer at Aug 9, 2010 at 11:42 am
    Hi Steven,
    On 2010-08-09 10:21, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
    And that it's quite finicky about blank lines between methods and inside
    functions. Makes it hard to paste code directly into the interpreter.

    And that pasting doesn't strip out any leading prompts. It needs a good
    doctest mode.
    ipython [1] should help here:

    IPython 0.10 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.
    ? -> Introduction and overview of IPython's features.
    %quickref -> Quick reference.
    help -> Python's own help system.
    object? -> Details about 'object'. ?object also works, ?? prints more.
    In [1]: %paste?
    Type: Magic function
    Base Class: <type 'instancemethod'>
    String Form: <bound method InteractiveShell.magic_paste of <IPython.iplib.InteractiveShell object at 0xb740096c>>
    Namespace: IPython internal
    File: /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/IPython/Magic.py
    Definition: %paste(self, parameter_s='')
    Docstring:
    Allows you to paste & execute a pre-formatted code block from clipboard.

    The text is pulled directly from the clipboard without user
    intervention.

    The block is dedented prior to execution to enable execution of method
    definitions. '>' and '+' characters at the beginning of a line are
    ignored, to allow pasting directly from e-mails, diff files and
    doctests (the '...' continuation prompt is also stripped). The
    executed block is also assigned to variable named 'pasted_block' for
    later editing with '%edit pasted_block'.

    You can also pass a variable name as an argument, e.g. '%paste foo'.
    This assigns the pasted block to variable 'foo' as string, without
    dedenting or executing it (preceding >>> and + is still stripped)

    '%paste -r' re-executes the block previously entered by cpaste.

    IPython statements (magics, shell escapes) are not supported (yet).

    See also
    --------
    cpaste: manually paste code into terminal until you mark its end.

    Unfortunatey, when I enter

    In [2]: %paste

    at the prompt it gives me (before I pasted anything)

    In [2]: %paste
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    File "<string>", line 1
    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython/0.10
    ^
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax

    So far, I couldn't find anything on the net on this.

    [1] http://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython

    Stefan
  • Robert Kern at Aug 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    On 2010-08-09 06:42 , Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
    Hi Steven,
    On 2010-08-09 10:21, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
    And that it's quite finicky about blank lines between methods and inside
    functions. Makes it hard to paste code directly into the interpreter.

    And that pasting doesn't strip out any leading prompts. It needs a good
    doctest mode.
    ipython [1] should help here:

    IPython 0.10 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.
    ? -> Introduction and overview of IPython's features.
    %quickref -> Quick reference.
    help -> Python's own help system.
    object? -> Details about 'object'. ?object also works, ?? prints more.
    In [1]: %paste?
    Type: Magic function
    Base Class:<type 'instancemethod'>
    String Form:<bound method InteractiveShell.magic_paste of<IPython.iplib.InteractiveShell object at 0xb740096c>>
    Namespace: IPython internal
    File: /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/IPython/Magic.py
    Definition: %paste(self, parameter_s='')
    Docstring:
    Allows you to paste& execute a pre-formatted code block from clipboard.

    The text is pulled directly from the clipboard without user
    intervention.

    The block is dedented prior to execution to enable execution of method
    definitions. '>' and '+' characters at the beginning of a line are
    ignored, to allow pasting directly from e-mails, diff files and
    doctests (the '...' continuation prompt is also stripped). The
    executed block is also assigned to variable named 'pasted_block' for
    later editing with '%edit pasted_block'.

    You can also pass a variable name as an argument, e.g. '%paste foo'.
    This assigns the pasted block to variable 'foo' as string, without
    dedenting or executing it (preceding>>> and + is still stripped)

    '%paste -r' re-executes the block previously entered by cpaste.

    IPython statements (magics, shell escapes) are not supported (yet).

    See also
    --------
    cpaste: manually paste code into terminal until you mark its end.

    Unfortunatey, when I enter

    In [2]: %paste

    at the prompt it gives me (before I pasted anything)

    In [2]: %paste
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    File "<string>", line 1
    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython/0.10
    ^
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax
    Yes, that's because you had that URL in your clipboard, not Python code. What
    were you expecting to happen?

    --
    Robert Kern

    "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
    that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
    an underlying truth."
    -- Umberto Eco
  • Stefan Schwarzer at Aug 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Hi Robert,
    On 2010-08-09 22:23, Robert Kern wrote:
    On 2010-08-09 06:42 , Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
    Unfortunatey, when I enter

    In [2]: %paste

    at the prompt it gives me (before I pasted anything)

    In [2]: %paste
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    File "<string>", line 1
    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython/0.10
    ^
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax
    Yes, that's because you had that URL in your clipboard, not Python code. What
    were you expecting to happen?
    I got that traceback as soon as I typed in "%paste" and
    pressed enter, without pasting anything in the terminal.
    I had assumed it works like :paste in Vim, activating a
    kind of "paste mode" where everything pasted into the
    terminal is modified as the help text suggests.

    Ok, I just noticed I should have actually _read_ the
    help text, not just scanned it. ;-) Sorry for the
    confusion.

    Stefan
  • Stefan Schwarzer at Aug 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    On 2010-08-09 23:43, Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
    I got that traceback as soon as I typed in "%paste" and
    pressed enter, without pasting anything in the terminal.
    I had assumed it works like :paste in Vim, activating a
    I meant ":set paste" of course.

    Stefan
  • Robert Kern at Aug 10, 2010 at 1:59 am

    On 8/9/10 4:43 PM, Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
    Hi Robert,
    On 2010-08-09 22:23, Robert Kern wrote:
    On 2010-08-09 06:42 , Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
    Unfortunatey, when I enter

    In [2]: %paste

    at the prompt it gives me (before I pasted anything)

    In [2]: %paste
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    File "<string>", line 1
    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/ipython/0.10
    ^
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax
    Yes, that's because you had that URL in your clipboard, not Python code. What
    were you expecting to happen?
    I got that traceback as soon as I typed in "%paste" and
    pressed enter, without pasting anything in the terminal.
    I had assumed it works like :paste in Vim, activating a
    kind of "paste mode" where everything pasted into the
    terminal is modified as the help text suggests.
    %cpaste will do that. I implemented %paste because not all terminals will
    correctly paste arbitrary amounts of code correctly. Grabbing the text directly
    from the clipboard is less error-prone and removes redundant user interaction.

    --
    Robert Kern

    "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
    that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
    an underlying truth."
    -- Umberto Eco
  • Sturlamolden at Aug 10, 2010 at 1:51 am

    On 9 Aug, 10:21, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS- cybersource.com.au> wrote:

    And that it's quite finicky about blank lines between methods and inside
    functions. Makes it hard to paste code directly into the interpreter.
    The combination of editor, debugger and interpreter is what I miss
    most from Matlab. In Matlab we can have a function or script open in
    an editor, and use it directly from the interpreter. No need to
    reimport or anything: edit and invoke. It is also possible to paste
    data directly from the clipboard into variables in the interpreter.

    ipython does not have that annoying >>> prompt.
  • Rantingrick at Aug 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    On Aug 8, 8:15?pm, Steven D'Aprano <st... at REMOVE-THIS- cybersource.com.au> wrote:
    On Sun, 08 Aug 2010 17:43:03 -0700, rantingrick wrote:

    Ruby has what they
    call a "Here Doc". Besides picking the most boneheaded name for such an
    object
    It's standard terminology that has been around for a long time in many
    different languages.
    Just because something has been around around for a long time does not
    necessarily mean it's was a good idea to begin with. STRAWMAN!
    As you can see it is another example of tacked on functionality that was
    not carefully considered before hand.
    I disagree. It's an old and venerable technique, and very useful on the
    rare occasion that you have lots of quotation marks in a string.
    (...snip...)
    ? Python strings have four delimiters:
    ? (1) single quote '
    ? (2) double quote "
    ? (3) single-quote here-doc '''
    ? (4) double-quote here-doc """

    ? plus equivalent raw-strings of each kind.

    Trying writing that as a single literal in Python without escapes. There
    are work-arounds, of course, like using implicit concatenation, but
    they're ugly.
    Yes, with the choices we have today writing strings like you mention
    is terribly asinine. And don't forget about filepaths and regexps too
    with all the backslashing nonsense! However, there is a simple
    solution to this mess. Python "double quote strings" and Python
    """multiline strings"""(that are delimited by leading and trailing
    double quote triplets) should behave as they do today.

    However Python 'single quote strings' and Python '''multiline
    strings'''(that are delimited by leading and trailing single quote
    triplets) should be raw so that they do not interpret escape
    sequences. Yes i know this would break backwards compatibility *again*
    but this functionality should have been made available in Py3000 since
    we were already breaking it anyhow.

    Why do we need both """X""" AND '''X''' this if they do exactly the
    same thing? Also why do we need both "X" AND 'X' if they do exactly
    the same thing. A real chance to make something special was missed and
    i hope one day we come to the realization that this proposed
    functionality of strings (raw and normal) is sorely needed in Python.
    In Ruby they decided to be more general, so you can define whatever
    heredoc you need to quote whatever literal string you need. That's not
    bone-headed.
    The fact that Ruby has multi line strings (*ahem*... HEREDOC's) is not
    at all the point i take issue with. I take issue with the boneheaded
    syntax. Have you ever tried to grep Ruby heredocs? It would have been
    so much easier if they had made a spec like this...

    mystring = :{
    blah blah blah
    blahblah
    blah blah blah
    blah
    }:

    Or at least *some* static token instead of just creating something on
    the fly each time.... now thats boneheaded!
  • Mike Kent at Aug 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    On Aug 8, 8:43?pm, rantingrick wrote:
    Hello folks,

    You all know i been forced to use Ruby and i am not happy about that.
    ***Blablabla cut long rant***

    Xah, this is really you, isn't it. Come on, confess.
  • Rantingrick at Aug 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    On Aug 9, 8:19?am, Mike Kent wrote:
    On Aug 8, 8:43?pm, rantingrick wrote:
    Xah, this is really you, isn't it. ?Come on, confess.
    *MOI*, How could *I* be xah. I really don't like Ruby however he
    gushes over it all the time. And he does not like Python that much
    either. We are total opposites, really.

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