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Code interpolation

The next level of interpolation is code interpolation. It allows you to have simple (and complex too!) code directly inside a double-quoted string.

The interpolated code is placed between curly braces:

my $a = 10;
my $b = 20;
say "The sum of $a and $b is {$a + $b}.";

The program prints:

$ raku t.raku 
The sum of 10 and 20 is 30.

Variables again

One of the applications of this method is to help to disambiguate situations when a variable must be followed by a text that can be wrongly understood as the continuation of the variable’s name. To prevent that, use curly braces to enclose the variable:

my $how-many = 5;
my $what = 'suit';
say "There are $how-many {$what}s."; # There are 5 suits.

Without curly braces, Raku would try to interpolate a non-existent variable $whats.

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