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Ruby: Strings

Doh! I forgot Ruby has mutable strings. I expected "s << something" to be the same as Python's "s += something". However, in Ruby "<<" actually modifies the string. That's really bad if there are any objects that have a pointer to the same string and aren't expecting it to be modified.

(I'm not criticizing Ruby. I just wasn't expecting it. I would never make that same mistake with something I knew was modifiable, like a hash.)

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