Extended External Iterators (forward and backward)
Description
Module Stream defines an interface for external iterators. A stream can be seen as an iterator on a sequence of objects x1,…,xn. The state of the stream is uniquely determined by the following methods:

at_beginning?

at_end?

current

peek
State changes are done with the following operations:

set_to_begin

set_to_end

forward

backward
With the help of the method current_edge the state of a stream s can be exactly defined
s.current_edge == [s.current, s.peek]
If s a stream on [x1,…,xn]. Consider the edges [xi,xi+1] i=1,…,n and
 x0,x1

and [xn,xn+1] (x0 and xn+1 are helper elements to define the boundary
conditions). Then if s is non empty, the following conditions must be true:
s.at_beginning? <=> s.current_edge == [x0,x1]
s.at_end? <=> s.current_edge == [xn,xn+1]
s.isEmpty? <=> s.at_beginning? && s.at_end? <=> s.current_edge == [x0,x1] <=> n = 0
s.set_to_end => s.at_end?
s.set_to_begin => s.at_beginning?
If 0 <= i < n and s.current_edge == [xi, xi+1] , then:
[s.forward, s.current_edge] == [xi+1, [xi+1, xi+2]]
If 1 <= i < n and s.current_edge == [xi, xi+1] , then:
[s.backward, s.current_edge] == [xi, [xi1, xi]]
The result of peek is the same as of forward without changing state. The result of current is the same as of backward without changing state.
Module Stream includes Enumerable implementing #each in the obvious way.
Not every stream needs to implement #backward and #at_beginning? thus being not reversable. If they are reversable peek can easily be implemented using forward and backward, as is done in module Stream. If a stream is not reversable all derived streams provided by the stream module (filter, mapping, concatenation) can be used anyway. Explicit or implicit (via peek or current) uses of backward would throw a NotImplementedError.
Classes implementing the stream interface must implement the following methods:

basic_forward

basic_backward

at_end?

at_beginning?
The methods set_to_end and set_to_begin are by default implemented as:
set_to_end : until at_end?; do basic_forward end
set_to_begin : until at_beginning?; do basic_backward end
The methods forward and backward are by default implemented as:
forward: raise EndOfStreamException if at_end?; basic_forward.
backward: raise EndOfStreamException if at_beginning?; basic_backward
Thus subclasses must only implement four methods. Efficiency sometimes demands better implementations.
There are several concrete classes implementing the stream interface:

Stream::EmptyStream (boring)

Stream::CollectionStream created by the method Array#create_stream

Stream::FilteredStream created by the method Stream#filtered

Stream::ReversedStream created by the method Stream#reverse

Stream::ConcatenatedStream created by the method Stream#concatenate

Stream::ImplicitStream using closures for the basic methods to implement
Download
The latest version of stream.rb can be found at
Installation
Normal Installation
You can install stream with the following command.
% ruby install.rb
from its distribution directory.
GEM Installation
Download the GEM file and install it with ..
gem i streamVERSION.gem
Use the correct version number for VERSION (e.g. 0.5). You may need root privileges to install.
See also

Streams in Smalltalk: wiki.cs.uiuc.edu/PatternStories/FunWithStreams

Simon Strandgaards iterator.rb
Examples
g = ('a'..'f').create_stream
h = (1..10).create_stream
i = (10..20).create_stream
until g.at_end?  h.at_end?  i.at_end?
p [g.forward, h.forward, i.forward]
end
def filestream fname
Stream::ImplicitStream.new { s
f = open(fname)
s.at_end_proc = proc {f.eof?}
s.forward_proc = proc {f.readline}
# Need not implement backward moving to use the framework
}
end
(filestream("/etc/passwd") + ('a'..'f').create_stream + filestream("/etc/group")).each do l
puts l
end
puts "\nTwo filtered collection streams concatenated and reversed:\n\n"
def newstream; (1..6).create_stream; end
s = newstream.filtered { x x % 2 == 0 } + newstream.filtered { x x % 2 != 0 }
s = s.reverse
puts "Contents : #{s.to_a.join ' '}"
puts "At end? : #{s.at_end?}"
puts "At beginning? : #{s.at_beginning?}"
puts "2xBackwards : #{s.backward} #{s.backward}"
puts "Forward : #{s.forward}"
puts "Peek : #{s.peek}"
puts "Current : #{s.current}"
puts "set_to_begin : Peek=#{s.set_to_begin;s.peek}"
# an infinite stream (do not use set_to_end!)
def randomStream
Stream::ImplicitStream.new { s
s.set_to_begin_proc = proc {srand 1234}
s.at_end_proc = proc {false}
s.forward_proc = proc {rand}
}
end
s = randomStream.filtered { x x >= 0.5 }.collect { x sprintf("%5.2f ",x*100) }
puts "5 random numbers: #{(1..5).collect {x s.forward}}\n" # =>
5 random numbers: 74.05 94.80 87.87 86.07 83.70
Other Stuff
 Author

Horst Duchene
 License

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Released under the same license as Ruby