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= NEWS
This document is a list of user visible feature changes made between
releases except for bug fixes.
Note that each entry is kept so brief that no reason behind or
reference information is supplied with. For a full list of changes
with all sufficient information, see the ChangeLog file.
== Changes since the 1.8.6 release
=== Library updates (outstanding ones only)
* new library
* securerandom
* builtin classes
* Array#flatten
* Array#flatten!
Takes an optional argument that determines the level of recursion
to flatten.
* Array#eql?
* Array#hash
* Array#==
* Array#<=>
Handle recursive data properly.
* Array#index
* Array#rindex
Take a block instead of an argument.
* Array#collect!
* Array#map!
* Array#each
* Array#each_index
* Array#reverse_each
* Array#reject
* Array#reject!
* Array#delete_if
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
Note that #map and #collect still return an array unlike Ruby 1.9
to keep compatibility.
* Array#pop
* Array#shift
Take an optional argument specifying the number of elements to
remove.
* Array#choice
* Array#combination
* Array#cycle
* Array#drop
* Array#drop_while
* Array#permutation
* Array#product
* Array#shuffle
* Array#shuffle!
* Array#take,
* Array#take_while
New methods.
* Binding#eval
New method.
* Dir#each
* Dir#foreach
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Enumerable::Enumerator
New class for various enumeration defined by the enumerator library.
* Enumerable#each_slice
* Enumerable#each_cons
* Object#to_enum
* Object#enum_for
New methods for various enumeration defined by the enumerator library.
* Enumerable#count
* Enumerable#cycle
* Enumerable#drop
* Enumerable#drop_while
* Enumerable#find_index
* Enumerable#first
* Enumerable#group_by
* Enumerable#max_by
* Enumerable#min_by
* Enumerable#minmax
* Enumerable#minmax_by
* Enumerable#none?
* Enumerable#one?
* Enumerable#take
* Enumerable#take_while
New methods.
* Enumerable#find
* Enumerable#find_all
* Enumerable#partition
* Enumerable#reject
* Enumerable#select
* Enumerable#sort_by
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
Note that #map and #collect still return an array unlike Ruby 1.9
to keep compatibility.
* Enumerable#inject
Accepts a binary operator instead of a block.
* Enumerable#reduce
New alias to #inject.
* Hash#eql?
* Hash#hash
* Hash#==
Handle recursive data properly.
* Hash#delete_if
* Hash#each
* Hash#each_key
* Hash#each_pair
* Hash#each_value
* Hash#reject!
* Hash#select
* ENV.delete_if
* ENV.each
* ENV.each_key
* ENV.each_pair
* ENV.each_value
* ENV.reject!
* ENV.select
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* GC.stress
* GC.stress=
New methods.
* Integer#ord
* Integer#odd?
* Integer#even?
* Integer#pred
New methods.
* Integer#downto
* Integer#times
* Integer#upto
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* IO#each
* IO#each_line
* IO#each_byte
* IO.foreach
* ARGF.each
* ARGF.each_line
* ARGF.each_byte
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Method#receiver
* Method#name
* Method#owner
* UnboundMethod#name
* UnboundMethod#owner
New methods.
* Numeric#step
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Object#instance_exec
* Object#tap
New methods.
* ObjectSpace.each_object
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Process.exec implemented.
* Range#each
* Range#step
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Regexp.union accepts an array of patterns.
* String#bytesize
New method, returning the size in bytes. (alias length and size)
* String#chars
* String#each_char
* String#partition
* String#rpartition
* String#start_with?
* String#end_with?
New methods. These are $KCODE aware unlike #index, #rindex and
#include?.
* String#each_byte
* String#each
* String#each_lines
* String#gsub(pattern)
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* StopIteration
New exception class that causes Kernel#loop to stop iteration when
raised.
* Struct#each
* Struct#each_pair
Return an enumerator if no block is given.
* Symbol#to_proc
New method.
* __method__
New global function that returns the name of the current method as
a Symbol.
* enumerator
* Enumerator is now a built-in module. The #next and #rewind
methods are implemented using the "generator" library. Use with
care and be aware of the performance loss.
* ipaddr
* New methods
* IPAddr#<=>
* IPAddr#succ
IPAddr objects are now comparable and enumerable having these
methods. This also means that it is possible to have a Range
object between two IPAddr objects.
* IPAddr#to_range
A new method to create a Range object for the (network) address.
* Type coercion support
* IPAddr#&
* IPAddr#|
* IPAddr#==
* IPAddr#include?
These methods now accept a string or an integer instead of an
IPAddr object as the argument.
* net/smtp
* Support SSL/TLS.
* openssl
* New classes
* OpenSSL::PKey::EC
* OpenSSL::PKey::EC::Group
* OpenSSL::PKey::EC::Point
* OpenSSL::PKey::PKCS5
* OpenSSL::SSL::Session
* Documentation!
* Various new methods (see documentation).
* Remove redundant module namespace in Cipher, Digest, PKCS7, PKCS12.
Compatibility classes are provided which will be removed in Ruby 1.9.
* shellwords
* Add methods for escaping shell-unsafe characters:
* Shellwords.join
* Shellwords.escape
* Array#shelljoin
* String#shellescape
* Add shorthand methods:
* Shellwords.split (alias shellwords)
* String#shellsplit
* tempfile
* Tempfile.open and Tempfile.new now accept a suffix for the
temporary file to be created. To specify a suffix, pass an array
of [basename, suffix] as the first argument.
Tempfile.open(['image', 'jpg']) { |tempfile| ... }
* uri
* added LDAPS scheme.
* Change for RFC3986:
* FTP
* URI('ftp://example.com/foo').path #=> 'foo'
* URI('ftp://example.com/%2Ffoo').path #=> '/foo'
* URI::FTP.build([nil, 'example.com', nil, '/foo', 'i').to_s #=> 'ftp://example.com/%2Ffoo;type=i'
* URI merge
* URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?q').merge('?y') == URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?y')
* URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?q').merge('/./g') == URI('http://a/g')
* URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?q').merge('/../g') == URI('http://a/g')
* URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?q').merge('../../../g') == URI('http://a/g')
* URI('http://a/b/c/d;p?q').merge('../../../../g') == URI('http://a/g')
* rss
* 0.1.6 -> 0.2.4
* Fix image module URI
* Atom support
* ITunes module support
* Slash module support
* content:encoded with RSS 2.0 support
=== Interpreter Implementation
* passing a block to a Proc [experimental]
This implementation in current shape is known to be buggy/broken,
especially with nested block invocation. Take this as an
experimental feature.
* stack trace
On non-SystemStackError exception, full stack trace is shown.
=== Compatibility issues (excluding feature bug fixes)
* String#to_i, String#hex and String#oct no longer accept a sequence
of underscores (`__') as part of a number.
# Ruby 1.8.6
'1__0'.to_i #=> 10
'1__0'.to_i(2) #=> 2 # 0b10
'1__0'.oct #=> 8 # 010
'1__0'.hex #=> 16 # 0x10
# Ruby 1.8.7
'1__0'.to_i #=> 1
'1__0'.to_i(2) #=> 1
'1__0'.oct #=> 1
'1__0'.hex #=> 1
The old behavior was inconsistent with Ruby syntax and considered as
a bug.
* date
* Date.parse
'##.##.##' (where each '#' is a digit) is now taken as 'YY.MM.DD'
instead of 'MM.DD.YY'. While the change may confuse you, you can
always use Date.strptime() when you know what you are dealing
with.
* tempfile
* The file name format has changed. No dots are included by default
in temporary file names any more. See above for how to specify a
suffix.
* tmpdir
* New method:
* Dir.mktmpdir
* uri
* See above for details.
== Changes since the 1.8.5 release
=== New platforms/build tools support
* IA64 HP-UX
* Visual C++ 8 SP1
* autoconf 2.6x
=== Library updates (outstanding ones only)
* builtin classes
* New method: Kernel#instance_variable_defined?
* New method: Module#class_variable_defined?
* New feature: Dir::glob() can now take an array of glob patterns.
* date
* Updated based on date2 4.0.3.
* digest
* New internal APIs for C and Ruby.
* Support for autoloading.
require 'digest'
# autoloads digest/md5
md = Digest::MD5.digest("string")
* New digest class methods: file
* New digest instance methods: clone, reset, new, inspect,
digest_length (alias size or length), block_length()
* New library: digest/bubblebabble
* New function: Digest(name)
* fileutils
* New option for FileUtils.cp_r(): :remove_destination
* nkf
* Updated based on nkf as of 2007-01-28.
* thread
* Replaced with much faster mutex implementation in C. The former
implementation, which is slow but considered to be stable, is
available with a configure option `--disable-fastthread'.
* tk
* Updated Tile extension support based on Tile 0.7.8.
* Support --without-X11 configure option for non-X11 versions of
Tcl/Tk (e.g. Tcl/Tk Aqua).
* New sample script: irbtkw.rbw -- IRB on Ruby/Tk. It has no trouble
about STDIN blocking on Windows.
* webrick
* New method: WEBrick::Cookie.parse_set_cookies()
=== Compatibility issues (excluding feature bug fixes)
* builtin classes
* String#intern now raises SecurityError when $SAFE level is greater
than zero.
* date
* Time#to_date and Time#to_datetime are added as private methods.
They cause name conflict error in ActiveSupport 1.4.1 and prior,
which comes with Rails 1.2.2 and prior. Updating ActiveSupport
and/or Rails to the latest versions fixes the problem.
* digest
* The constructor does no longer take an initial string to feed.
The following examples show how to migrate:
# Before
md = Digest::MD5.new("string")
# After (works with any version)
md = Digest::MD5.new.update("string")
# Before
hd = Digest::MD5.new("string").hexdigest
# After (works with any version)
hd = Digest::MD5.hexdigest("string")
* fileutils
* A minor implementation change breaks Rake <=0.7.1.
Updating Rake to 0.7.2 or higher fixes the problem.
* tk
* Tk::X_Scrollable (Y_Scrollable) is renamed to Tk::XScrollable
(YScrollable). Tk::X_Scrollable (Y_Scrollable) is still available,
but it is an alias name.
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