This blog is part of our Ruby 2.6 series. Ruby 2.6.0-preview2 was recently released.

Ruby 2.5

If we use else without rescue inside begin..end block in Ruby 2.5, it gives a warning.

  irb(main):001:0> begin
  irb(main):002:1>    puts "Inside begin block"
  irb(main):003:1>  else
  irb(main):004:1>    puts "Inside else block"
  irb(main):005:1> end
  (irb):5: warning: else without rescue is useless

This warning is present as code inside else block will never get executed

Ruby 2.6

In Ruby 2.6 it will raise an exception if we use else without rescue in begin..end block. This commit changed warning into exception in Ruby 2.6. Changes made in the commit are experimental.

  irb(main):001:0>  begin
  irb(main):002:1>    puts "Inside begin block"
  irb(main):003:1>  else
  irb(main):004:1>    puts "Inside else block"
  irb(main):005:1>  end
  Traceback (most recent call last):
        1: from /usr/local/bin/irb:11:in `<main>'
  SyntaxError ((irb):3: else without rescue is useless)