Ultimately, this and several other topics come down to the fact that  
Prototype is the JavaScript library for Ruby programmers. This isn't  
bad, it's just something that non-Ruby coders like myself have to come  
to grips with. Prototype prefers method names like uniq rather than  
unique, for no other reason than its Ruby heritage. Similarly,  
constructs like $w which serve no purpose other than as a syntactic  
sugar sprinkled on top make the Ruby programmers feel at home - even  
if they do make the rest of us feel out of place.

On Sep 5, 2007, at 6:48 AM, Thomas Fuchs <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> for the $w() thing: you _could_ build a preprocessor for your
> personal prototype copy that does a $w() -> [] conversion upfront;
> but as stated earlier in the thread, there's absolutely nothing to
> gain from this, performance-wise.
> best,
> thomas
> >

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