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Percent Literals

  • Use %()(it's a shorthand for %Q) for single-line strings which require both
    interpolation and embedded double-quotes. For multi-line strings, prefer heredocs.

    # bad (no interpolation needed)
    %(<div class="text">Some text</div>)
    # should be '<div class="text">Some text</div>'
    # bad (no double-quotes)
    %(This is #{quality} style)
    # should be "This is #{quality} style"
    # bad (multiple lines)
    %(<div>\n<span class="big">#{exclamation}</span>\n</div>)
    # should be a heredoc.
    # good (requires interpolation, has quotes, single line)
    %(<tr><td class="name">#{name}</td>)
  • Avoid %q unless you have a string with both ' and " in
    it. Regular string literals are more readable and should be
    preferred unless a lot of characters would have to be escaped in

    # bad
    name = %q(Bruce Wayne)
    time = %q(8 o'clock)
    question = %q("What did you say?")
    # good
    name = 'Bruce Wayne'
    time = "8 o'clock"
    question = '"What did you say?"'
  • Use %r only for regular expressions matching more than one '/' character.

    # bad
    # still bad
    # should be /^\/(.*)$/
    # good
  • Avoid the use of %x unless you're going to invoke a command with backquotes in
    it(which is rather unlikely).

    # bad
    date = %x(date)
    # good
    date = `date`
    echo = %x(echo `date`)
  • Avoid the use of %s. It seems that the community has decided
    :"some string" is the preferred way to create a symbol with
    spaces in it.

  • Prefer () as delimiters for all % literals, except %r. Since
    braces often appear inside regular expressions in many scenarios a
    less common character like { might be a better choice for a
    delimiter, depending on the regexp's content.

    # bad
    %w[one two three]
    %q{"Test's king!", John said.}
    # good
    %w(one two three)
    %q("Test's king!", John said.)

Last published over 6 years ago by David Kariuki.