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Explain explains your Ruby code in natural language.

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explain

Explain explains your Ruby code in natural language. It is intended to be a tool for beginners who aren't yet very familiar with programming.

It is a work in progress (a bit rough on the edges), so don't be mad. It will get better over time ;)

(Explain runs only on Rubinius.)

Installation

Install Rubinius if you don't have it yet:

$ rvm install rbx-head
$ rvm use rbx-head

Install explain as a gem:

$ gem install explain

Usage

Given some example Ruby code, for example this in examples/person.rb:

class Person
  def walk(distance)
    @distance += distance
    @hunger += 2
  end

  def eat(food)
    @hunger -= food.nutritional_value
  end
end

We execute explain from the command line:

$ explain examples/person.rb

And it will output:

Let's describe the general attributes and behavior of any Person.

A Person can **walk**, given a specific distance. This is described as
follows: its distance will be its distance plus what we previously defined as
`distance`. Finally we return its hunger will be its hunger plus the number
2.. 

A Person can **eat**, given a specific food. This is described as follows:
Finally we return its hunger will be its hunger minus the result of calling
**nutritional_value** on what we previously defined as `food`..
And with this we're done describing a Person.

Contributing

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

Who's this

This was made by Josep M. Bach (Txus) under the MIT license. I'm @txustice on twitter (where you should probably follow me!).

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