Ruby, known for its elegant syntax and developer-friendly features, encountered an intriguing bug in its handling of keyword arguments.
This bug, residing deep within the parsing mechanism, led to inconsistent warnings when developers attempted to use duplicate keyword arguments.
In this blog post, we will explore the bugfix and its impact on previous versions of Ruby.
In prior versions of Ruby, the behavior surrounding duplicate keyword arguments was not always predictable.
We can illustrate this by the following example.
The above snippet will give
Hi, Jon! as output but will also throw a warning -
Now, lets take another example to observe the bug
The above snippet just diplays
Hi, Jon! as output and doesn’t throw a warning for duplicate keyword
The bugfix, implemented in Ruby 3.3, addressed scenarios like the one described above, ensuring warnings were consistently generated for duplicate keyword arguments.
Let’s confirm the same by running the above snippet in Ruby 3.3
To know more about this bugfix, please refer to this PR