`%d` and `%t` shorthands for `Date.new(*args)` and `Time.new(*args)`
I'm working on a Ruby application where we have to deal with a lot of dates and times, especially in our test suite. We currently have a couple thousand cases of
Date.new(...), and I'm finding the syntax to be a little unwieldy.
What do you think about the following shorthand suggestions?
%d(2014, 7, 15) # Equivalent to: Date.new(2014, 7, 15) %t(2014, 7, 15, 12, 58, 45) # Equivalent to: Time.new(2014, 7, 15, 12, 58, 45)
I added commas because I think the syntax should also support variables:
year = 2014 month = 7 %d(year, month, 15) # Equivalent to: Date.new(year, month, 15)
I understand that this will operate a bit differently to
%i, but I think that supporting variable evaluation would be a lot more useful.
An alternative proposal would be to add
 methods to
Time, so that we could call:
Date[2014, 7, 15] Time[2014, 7, 15, 12, 58, 43]
This would be still be a little shorter and nicer to use. Please let me know if you would like me to open a feature ticket for
Time. methods, instead.
Please let me know your thoughts. Would you find a shorter date/time syntax useful?