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Off the top of my head (it's been a while):

-- direct syntactic support for regexps
-- both the do...end and { } notation for function bodies
-- perlish options to put keywords in different places
   for conditionals (e.g. "foo() if /bar/")

Basically, ruby offends my notion of syntactic simplicity, which is also
one of the things I really like about Smalltalk.  For that matter, even
python is growing too much syntax for my taste (though it's still much less
than ruby).

Other than that, I think ruby is a fine language.


> Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 08:01:44 +0200 (MEST)
> From: Robert Feldt <feldt@ce.chalmers.se>
> On Sat, 14 Jun 2003, Michael Vanier wrote:
> > Ruby seems to have done something like this, but (IMO) went overboard in
> > the syntax.
> >
> Can you elaborate on why/where you think Ruby goes "overboard". Just
> curious...
> Regards,
> Robert Feldt