Feature #8016

Alias __FILE__ and __LINE__ as methods

Added by Tom Wardrop almost 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

Assignee:Yukihiro Matsumoto


All of the previous issues discussing the new (({Kernel#__dir__})) method (#1961, #3346, #7975), never came to any conclusion regarding the naming inconsistency between the likes of (({__dir__})) and (({__method__})), and the keywords (({__FILE__})) and (({__LINE__})).

Should we not add (({__file__})) and (({__line__})) as methods also, and perhaps deprecate the keywords (({__FILE__})) and (({__LINE__})). This would keep it consistant with all the other double-underscore methods. To most developers who perhaps do not know Ruby as intricately as most of the people on this issue tracker, the inconsistency between (({__dir__})) and (({__FILE__})) is not just confusing by name, but the fact that one is a method and one isn't, is doubly confusing. Definitely not principle of least surprise.

This needs to be addressed in my opinion, either through deprecation of (({__FILE__})) and (({__LINE__})), or by keeping those keywords and simply creating Kernel method equivalents for the sake of a consistant API.

While on the topic, someone also suggested in one of those previous issues, to give (({__dir__})) an optional join argument, so you could do something like this:

__dir__('somefile.txt') # => /Users/admin/somefile.txt

I'd predict that at least 90% of use cases for (({__dir__})) will involve joining it to another path or filename. I can't see any harm in adding this. The naming inconstancies are my main concern however. This would just be a nice bonus that takes advantage of the fact that (({__dir__})) is a method rather than a keyword.


#1 Updated by Yui NARUSE almost 2 years ago

  • Category set to core
  • Status changed from Open to Assigned
  • Assignee set to Yukihiro Matsumoto
  • Target version set to next minor

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