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RCR 174: Allow #p to pass through its argument(s)

Submitted by transami (Sun Dec 07 21:12:05 UTC 2003)


This is a legacy RCR from Ruby Garden, submitted by transami. Matz has declared these RCRs obsolete, and asked that their authors resubmit them in the new format.

Often when debugging, one wants to use p to inspect an object. But if that object lies within some other code and dosen't have a specific variable assigned to it, one has to create a temporary variable to do it:



To inspect y.upcase one has to do:

  y_tmp = y.upcase
  p y_tmp


It would be much nicer if p would return the argument(s) it was given, so we could simply do this instead:




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Re: Allow #p to pass through its argument(s) (marcus_erronius, 2003-12-08 23:55:19)

This is only for debugging, right? so shouldn't the code look like this anyway?

p y.upcase if $DEBUG

if you really need p to return it's arguments, you could just homebrew one that does.

Have home brewed, that's why I suggest (transami, 2003-12-09 04:31:36)

Indeed I have homebrewed and found it very very useful, so that's why I've suggested it.

As for $DEBUG, that makes sense for longer term debugging needs. But often one is just "spot inspecting" to see what kind of output is being produced to make sure the code is coming out as expected/why its not coming out as expected.

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