Feature #8506

Updated by nobu (Nobuyoshi Nakada) over 10 years ago

 Ruby's (({Enumerator})) `Enumerator` and (({#enum_for})) `#enum_for` methods are very powerful and I use them very often. However, (({Object#enum_for})) `Object#enum_for` requires a method that yields, usually in some sort of loop. 

 Many objects in Ruby have methods that iterate to a "next value," but do not yield. For example, (({Fixnum#next.})) `Fixnum#next.` There is no way to use (({Fixnum#next})) `Fixnum#next` with (({#enum_for})) `#enum_for` directly that I am aware of. 

 I propose the introduction of (({Object#iter_for})) `Object#iter_for` which--given a method--generates a lazy sequence by continually invoking the method on successive values. I call it (({iter})) `iter` or (({iterate})) `iterate` because it is very similar to clojure's iterate: 

 Proposed API: 


 0.iter_for(:next).take(5) # => [0, 1, 2, 3, 4] 


 require 'date', 1, 1).iter_for(:next_month).take(3) # => [Tue, 01 Jan 2013, Fri, 01 Feb 2013, Fri, 01 Mar 2013] 

 I am especially excited about (({0.iter_for(:next)})) `0.iter_for(:next)` as I find myself using infinite lazy numeric sequences more often lately to solve specific kinds of problems. Right now you are required to write something like: (({ ` { |y| i = 0; loop { y << i; i += 1 } }})) }` or (({(0..Float::INFINITY).each})). `(0..Float::INFINITY).each`. Neither is especially elegant or happy to the developers' eyes in my opinion. 

 Thank you all :) Ruby is an amazing tool.