Three New things in Ruby 1.9.x

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There are lot more things improved in Ruby 1.9.2, I am going to discuss about 3 new things I liked which is introduced in Ruby 1.9.x.
Block Variable Scope in Ruby 1.9.x
Block arguments don’t clash with local variables, arguments are always local.
This is a nice fix in Ruby 1.9 .

Ruby 1.8
[source=’ruby’]
check_block = 2
check_block
=> 2
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[source=’ruby’]
1.upto(5) {|check_block| check_block}
check_block
=> 5
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Checkout the value of local variable changed to 5, which is clash with the block variable.
Ruby 1.9
[source=’ruby’]
check_block = 2
check_block
=> 2
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1.upto(5) {|check_block| check_block}
check_block
=> 2
Here the value of check_block is still 2.
New lambda syntax in Ruby 1.9
[source=’ruby’]
lambda =->(a, b){a + b}
lambda.(1,3)
=> 4
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We can even call the lambda function like
[source=’ruby’]
lambda[2,4]
=> 6
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It is also possible to give default values for arguments.
[source=’ruby’]
lambda =->(a, b = 10){a + b}
lambda.(1)
=> 11
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note : Ruby 1.9.2 still supports the older lambda syntax.
New hash Literal
Alternate syntax for Symbol => Object hash notation:
Ruby 1.8
[source=’ruby’]
{:symbol => 10}
=> {:symbol => 10}
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Ruby 1.9
[source=’ruby’]
{symbol: 10}
=> {:symbol => 10}
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I will get back to you soon with some additional new things that was in Ruby 1.9.2 .

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