And just the other day, while reading Hal Fultons excellent (but poorly proof read) The Ruby Way (2nd ed) I found the way. Ergo, it looks like this:
def foo(bar, baz = (baz_provided=true; 42))This will provide the output:
[13, 47, nil]which illustrates the usage pretty well. The magic, of course, lies in the fact that default parameters are evaluated, just the same as anything else. You could do some very crazy things inside that default value specification if you wanted. Anyway, just a nugget.
[13, 42, true]
[13, 42, nil]