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String Concat Pattern Matching In Elixir

This is a neat pattern matching trick in elixir, its best explained with a simple example:

invoice_message = "You owe $34"
"You owe " <> dollar_amount = invoice

# => "$34"

With a slightly different situation, It may seem like you could do this:

invoice_message = "You owe 34 dollars"
"You owe " <> dollar_amount  <> " dollars"= invoice

# => ** (ArgumentError) the left argument of <> operator inside
# a match should always be a literal binary because its size can't be verified. Got: dollar_amount

But sadly you'll need to use regex to do that because elixir will throw an error.

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