Included modules and String


#1

I looked at the RDoc for the String class and found that the class
includes the Enumerable module. I’d have thought that meant that you
could call methods like inject or collect on a string, the method
would iterate over all the characters in the string.

However, I get the following instead:

“12345”.collect { |x| x.to_i}
==> [12345] # instead of the expected [1,2,3,4,5].

Am I misunderstanding how include works in this case? Thanks alot.

-Rich


#2

On Dec 28, 2005, at 10:03 AM, Rich wrote:

Am I misunderstanding how include works in this case? Thanks alot.
String iterates over lines of text by default, but that’s easily
changed:

require “enumerator”
=> true

“12345”.enum_for(:each_byte).map { |byte| byte - ?0 }
=> [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Hope that helps.

James Edward G. II


#3

Awesome. Thanks alot.


#4

Rich wrote:

I looked at the RDoc for the String class and found that the class
includes the Enumerable module. I’d have thought that meant that you
could call methods like inject or collect on a string, the method
would iterate over all the characters in the string.

However, I get the following instead:

“12345”.collect { |x| x.to_i}
==> [12345] # instead of the expected [1,2,3,4,5].

Am I misunderstanding how include works in this case? Thanks alot.

The reason for this is that Enumerable merely wraps the
object’s #each method. In the case of String, #each by
default splits the string at each line (as determined
by the record separator constant $/).

Using Enumerator works around this nicely :slight_smile:

-Rich

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