Adding to an array question

I need to add a string to the end of an array count number of times. I
was wondering if I could get some advice on the prefered way to do it
in Ruby.

@bucket is the array

def add_person(count, name)
@bucket += Array.new(count, name)
end

or some other ideas

def add_person(count, name)
count.times {@bucket << name }
end

or some variation of looping

Personally, I like the adding a new array to the @bucket array. I
realize (at least I assume) that it creates a temporary Array, but I
think it is more understandable?

Thoughts?
Thanks, I’m just learning Ruby
-Corey

Corey H. wrote:

I need to add a string to the end of an array count number of times. I
was wondering if I could get some advice on the prefered way to do it
in Ruby.

@bucket is the array

def add_person(count, name)
@bucket += Array.new(count, name)
end

or some other ideas

def add_person(count, name)
count.times {@bucket << name }
end

or some variation of looping

Personally, I like the adding a new array to the @bucket array. I
realize (at least I assume) that it creates a temporary Array, but I
think it is more understandable?

Thoughts?
Thanks, I’m just learning Ruby
-Corey

def add_person(name, count=1) # I assume adding once as a default is
rather safe
@bucket.concat(Array.new(count) {Â name.dup }) # a) this will create a
new string object everytime
@bucket.concat(Array.new(count, name) # b) this will use the same
string object everytime
end

Use either a) or b). Be aware that with b) if you do e.g.
@bucket.last.upcase!, it will reflect on all slots that contain the same
object.
As to why I prefer this concat solution over array +=: it doesn’t create
throw away objects everytime.

Regards
Stefan

Thanks for the tips, Stefan. I like your tip on doing .dup, as well.

Thanks again!

-Corey

2 cents:

count.times {@bucket << name }

Looks more readable to me.
Mario

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