assignment of variable in "right" if statement fails
In Ruby 1.8
p(x) if x=42
(irb):1: warning: found = in conditional, should be ==
NameError: undefined local variable or method `x' for main:Object
In Ruby 1.9
irb(main):001:0> p (x) if (x=42)
NameError: undefined local variable or method
x' for main:Object from (irb):1 from /usr/local/bin/irb19:12:in '
However, if you move the if statement to the line before, naturally everything works.
Should variable assignment in "right" if clauses be permitted? I think so, since it allows you to be fairly concise and not have to do:
if x = 42
"Right" if clauses are permitted because they read naturally, I assume. I'm not sure whether people regard variable assignment in this case as reading very "naturally", but there is at the very least a lack of consistency between this type of if clause, and the more regular type of if clause.