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How to convert from Javascript to Ruby

Introduction

Converting code from one programming language to another might seem daunting, especially if you're more familiar with the source language. If you're proficient in JavaScript but new to Ruby, this guide is for you. We'll lay out the foundational differences between the two languages and provide practical examples to help you transform your JavaScript code into Ruby.

Syntax Differences

Variable Declarations

JavaScript uses var, let, and const for variable declarations. In Ruby, you simply use the variable name, initialized with a value.

// JavaScript
let name = "John";
const PI = 3.14;
# Ruby
name = "John"
PI = 3.14

Functions and Methods

JavaScript functions can be declared using the function keyword or arrow functions. In Ruby, methods are defined using the def keyword.

// JavaScript
function add(a, b) {
    return a + b;
}

const subtract = (a, b) => a - b;
# Ruby
def add(a, b)
  a + b
end

def subtract(a, b)
  a - b
end

Control Structures

Conditionals

JavaScript and Ruby both support if statements, but the syntax varies.

// JavaScript
if (age >= 18) {
    console.log('Adult');
} else {
    console.log('Minor');
}
# Ruby
if age >= 18
  puts 'Adult'
else
  puts 'Minor'
end

Loops

JavaScript uses for, while, and do...while loops, whereas Ruby often employs iterators like each alongside traditional loops.

// JavaScript
for (let i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
    console.log(i);
}

let j = 0;
while (j < 5) {
    console.log(j);
    j++;
}
# Ruby
5.times do |i|
  puts i
end

j = 0
while j < 5
  puts j
  j += 1
end

Objects and Classes

Defining Objects

In JavaScript, objects are usually defined using object literals. Ruby uses a different approach with hashes or classes.

// JavaScript
let person = {
    name: "Alice",
    age: 30
};
# Ruby
person = {
  name: "Alice",
  age: 30
}

Defining Classes

Class definition in Ruby is more streamlined compared to JavaScript's constructor functions or ES6 classes.

// JavaScript
class Animal {
    constructor(name) {
        this.name = name;
    }
    speak() {
        console.log(this.name + " says hello");
    }
}
# Ruby
class Animal
  def initialize(name)
    @name = name
  end

  def speak
    puts "#{@name} says hello"
  end
end

Handling Arrays

Array Manipulation

JavaScript has a rich set of array methods. Ruby provides equivalent methods with slightly different syntax.

// JavaScript
let numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
let squares = numbers.map(num => num * 2);
# Ruby
numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
squares = numbers.map { |num| num * 2 }

Exception Handling

Both JavaScript and Ruby provide mechanisms for handling exceptions, but their syntax differs.

// JavaScript
try {
    throw new Error("Something went wrong");
} catch (error) {
    console.error(error);
}
# Ruby
begin
  raise "Something went wrong"
rescue => error
  puts error
end

Useful Gems and Libraries

While migrating from JavaScript to Ruby, it’s useful to know about equivalent libraries and gems in Ruby. For instance, if you were using a JavaScript library for web development like Express.js, you'll find Sinatra or Rails to be Ruby's counterparts.

// JavaScript with Express.js
const express = require('express');
const app = express();

app.get('/', (req, res) => {
  res.send('Hello World');
});

app.listen(3000, () => {
  console.log('Server is running on port 3000');
});
# Ruby with Sinatra
require 'sinatra'

get '/' do
  "Hello World"
end

set :port, 3000

Conclusion

By understanding the core differences in syntax, control structures, object-oriented principles, and libraries, you can efficiently convert your JavaScript code to Ruby. With practice, you'll become comfortable with Ruby's idioms and paradigms, making the transition smoother and your coding toolkit more robust.

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