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Masataka Kuwabara
Masataka Kuwabara
@p_ck_

Software Engineer at SideCI, Inc. / RuboCop core developer

A parser based syntax highlighter

It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write. https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/

Definitely. The syntax is elegant. But it is too complex sometimes. So, syntax highlighters for Ruby are difficult and easy to break. For example, probably your editor cannot correctly highlight ????::?:, % %s%% %%%% or def end(def:def def;end)end (They are valid Ruby programs!). Yeah, it is edge cases. In real cases, some syntax highlighter cannot correctly highlight a here document.

I'll talk a robust syntax highlighter for Ruby, it is Iro gem and Iro.vim. The highlighter never break since it uses Ripper to highlight code.