While reading #15921 (r-assign) and #16670 (reverse pattern matching order) I felt a certain commonality to these and #15799 (pipeline) and I thought maybe there's currently a narrow window of opportunity to adopt an overarching and harmonious syntax for all of these "rightward" operations, rather than ad-hoc syntax for each.
I am not suggesting that all of the operators below should be adopted, or implemented at once, or exactly as-is; rather the idea is that the proposals linked above surrounding righward-ness could share elements in order to make them easy to distinguish from previous/existing syntax.
So here go the (wild) ideas:
expr =|> var is equivalent to
var = expr, also allow
rescue =|> err for consistency.
rightward destructuring assignment / pattern match:
expr ~|> pattern is equivalent to
expr in pattern, just more natural when doing assignment without a pattern match (i.e. no possibiilty of NoMatchingPatternError). And maybe could be allowed as expression/condition?
pipe to first argument of right-side method:
expr |> foo(1) is equivalent to
pipe to last argument of right-side method:
expr |>> foo(1) is equivalent to
pipe hash to keyword arguments of right-side method:
expr **|> foo(1) is equivalent to
foo(1,**expr), ok, I know, crazy idea :-)
Updated by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler) over 1 year ago
It's an interesting idea. I am not sure if I can easily adjust to the syntax,
but this may be best to just ask matz directly (I think he suggested the
pipeline operator, and streem kind of also taps into that whole handling of
data idea too, so I just think it is best to ask matz what he thinks about it).
One slight concern is that there is a lot of syntax though, and some of
the syntax is a bit hard to read/see - in particular that weird **|> - that
is almost like an ASCII game, like the old animated moon-buggy if anyone
remembers that "game". :-)
Syntax expression should be considered too, in my opinion (remember
the old perl-inspired variables, which made it difficult to read some of
the perl code and intent behind it, such as e. g. $& $: $. $- $^ ... ok
I made a few up, but you get the idea).