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Namarara is a library that can parses boolean expressions, builds an binary expression tree and evalutes a result given a set of values associated to the variables used within the boolean expression.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'namarara'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install namarara


Evaluate a single expression

require 'namarara'

# Initialize Namarara
namarara =

# Prepare variables 
namarara.names = {
  this: 'true',
  that: 'false',
  other: 'false',
  something_else: 'true'

# Build a binary expression tree (aka BET) from string
# and inject values
exp_tree = namarara.parse('this AND (that OR other) AND something_else')

# Compute tree with variables
result = exp_tree.compute
puts result # = false

Evaluating a set of rules

require 'namarara'

# Initialize Namarara
namarara =

# A set of rules i want to check 
# (in this example we are looking for sensitive personnal data)
rules = {
    vulnerable_person: 'is_adult AND is_subordinate',
    has_constraints: 'is_adult AND has_children',
    is_child: 'NOT is_adult'
    # ...

# A set of values i want to inject (values must be expressed as strings)
namarara.names = {
    "is_adult" => 'false', 
    "is_subordinate" => 'true',
    "has_children" => 'true'

results = { |rule, expr| [rule, namarara.parse(expr).compute] }

if{ |rule, value| value }.empty?
    puts "Perfect! Nothing to say ;-)"
    puts "Warning: you are collecting sensitive personnal data !"
    results.each do |rule, value|
      puts "#{value ? '>>':'  '} #{rule}: #{value}" 


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies.

Then, run rake test to run the tests.

You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install.

To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at

Namarara is an open source project under the terms of the MIT License.

Original author : Brendon Torre

Current developer & maintainer : Glenn Y. Rolland (@glenux)

Sponsors and funding

Namarara is an independent project whose development and maintenance is made possible thanks to the support of its patrons.

If you wish to join them and support the work of its author, just participate with this link :

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