Today I Learned

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Default Hash values are super easy in Ruby

Want a list?

list_default = Hash.new([])

That’s pretty darn easy.

Edit: Thanks to @kaokun on twitter for catching this and correcting me. This will return the same array each time (having flashbacks to the first time I used mutable keyword args in python). To get a different array, you need need to pass a block with the behavior:

list_default = Hash.new { |hash, key| hash[key] = [] }

Just because your language hides pointers and references doesn’t mean you can ignore them I guess.

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