Having isues with capitalizing words

So, this is a method I have made:

def title(words)
words.gsub(/(\A|\s)\w/) do |word|
if(word!=“and” || word!=“an” || word!=“the”)
word.upcase
else
word.downcase
end
end
end

I have been trying to solve this for the longest time and I can’t figure
it out.

All I want the method to do is take in a string and capitalize every
word except for “and” and “an” and “the”.

The above will not do it and I really don’t understand why. I have
tried a million versions of it as well.

Can someone help me get in the right direction with this?

On 12/06/2012 05:02 PM, JD KF wrote:

end
Can someone help me get in the right direction with this?
Does this help?

irb
1.9.3p125 :001 > word = ‘and’
=> “and”
1.9.3p125 :002 > word!=“and” || word!=“an” || word!=“the”
=> true

Sam

Try using "and"s instead of "or"s.

On 6 December 2012 14:02, JD KF [email protected] wrote:

end
Can someone help me get in the right direction with this?


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Matthew K., B.Sc (CompSci) (Hons)
http://matthew.kerwin.net.au/
ABN: 59-013-727-651

“You’ll never find a programming language that frees
you from the burden of clarifying your ideas.” - xkcd

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM, Matthew K. [email protected]
wrote:

  word.upcase

word except for “and” and “an” and “the”.


Matthew K., B.Sc (CompSci) (Hons)
http://matthew.kerwin.net.au/
ABN: 59-013-727-651

“You’ll never find a programming language that frees
you from the burden of clarifying your ideas.” - xkcd

or…

1.9.3-p194 :062 > phrase=“the quick brown fox or a rabbit in the hen
house”
=> “the quick brown fox or a rabbit in the hen house”
1.9.3-p194 :064 > title=phrase.split.each{|w| unless %{and or a
the}.include?(w) then w[0]=w[0].upcase end; w}.join(" ")
=> “the Quick Brown Fox or a Rabbit In the Hen House”
1.9.3-p194 :065 > title[0]=title[0].upcase
=> “T”
1.9.3-p194 :066 > title
=> “The Quick Brown Fox or a Rabbit In the Hen House”

On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM, tamouse mailing lists
[email protected] wrote:

if(word!=“and” || word!=“an” || word!=“the”)
All I want the method to do is take in a string and capitalize every

or…
=> “The Quick Brown Fox or a Rabbit In the Hen House”

Combine sagy’s and mine:

words.gsub!(/\w+/)do |match|
%w{and or a an the of}.includes?(match) ? match : match.capitalize
end

(or just use gsub without the ! if you want to work on a copy instead
of original)

Basically what sagy and tamouse said helped me solve this. Thanks for
the help
everyone :).

Your code wont work even after replacing or with ands:

Firstly, dont use || for or. Simply use or command.

Secondly, the capture group you defined (\A|\s) will catch only the
firstletter. Hence it will never be and , an or the. Maybe
just a or t.

This will work:

words.gsub!(/\w+/)do |match|

  • (match==“and” or match==“an” or match==“the”) ? match :
    match.capitalize

end

Enjoy

Sagy

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] *On Behalf Of
*Matthew
Kerwin
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:11 AM
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: Having isues with capitalizing words

Try using "and"s instead of "or"s.

On 6 December 2012 14:02, JD KF [email protected] wrote:

So, this is a method I have made:

def title(words)
words.gsub(/(\A|\s)\w/) do |word|
if(word!=“and” || word!=“an” || word!=“the”)
word.upcase
else
word.downcase
end
end
end

I have been trying to solve this for the longest time and I can’t figure
it out.

All I want the method to do is take in a string and capitalize every
word except for “and” and “an” and “the”.

The above will not do it and I really don’t understand why. I have
tried a million versions of it as well.

Can someone help me get in the right direction with this?


Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/.


Matthew K., B.Sc (CompSci) (Hons)
http://matthew.kerwin.net.au/
ABN: 59-013-727-651

“You’ll never find a programming language that frees
you from the burden of clarifying your ideas.” - xkcd

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