sawa sawa - 2 months ago 30
Ruby Question

Writing code as string with syntax highlighting

I am trying to write a ruby source code as a string (as part of real Ruby code) on a text editor with syntax highlighting for Ruby code, but want the Ruby syntax highlighting to work on the code inside the string. Using double or single quotes, percent notation, heredoc all make the text editor recognize that it is a string, so the whole chunk of code is colored in a single color as a string.

class Foo
def bar
# blah blah

Is there a way to let the Ruby syntax highlighting on the editor miss the borders of the string so that its content is highlightened as Ruby code?


Stefan notices a wonderful feature on Atom, Sublime Text and RubyMine to do this. But unfortunately, it does not seem to work on Emacs ruby mode. Does someone know of a modified
or a some additional library on emacs to do this?


Or can anyone write a simple elisp code (just to ignore heredoc start and end when the heredoc identifier is
if it is difficult to implement highlighting for other languages)?


At least Atom, Sublime Text and RubyMine support syntax highlighting based on the heredoc identifier. <<-RUBY is rendered as Ruby, <<-SQL as SQL and so on.

Here's a screenshot from Atom:

Atom Editor Screenshot