Need Help with a Very, Very Simple Program

I’m almost an absolute novice in Ruby; it is my first language and I
just began learning the basics yesterday, using Chris P.'s ‘Learning
to Program.’

The trouble I’m having is simple, but nonetheless I would appreciate an
explanation. The little program I’ve written accomplishes a simple task:
it asks for your favorite number, adds one to it, then returns it to
you. Here it is:

puts ‘Hey there, I’m Uno.’
puts ‘What’s your favorite number?’
number = gets.chomp
better = number.to_i + 1
puts better + ‘…That’s better.’

I’m receiving this error: String can’t be coerced into Fixnum
(TypeError).’ Why can’t this variable–which contains a numeric
string–be converted into an integer?

Hi –

On Fri, 17 Jul 2009, Max N. wrote:

I’m almost an absolute novice in Ruby; it is my first language and I
just began learning the basics yesterday, using Chris P.'s ‘Learning
to Program.’

Welcome to Ruby!

I’m receiving this error: String can’t be coerced into Fixnum
(TypeError).’ Why can’t this variable–which contains a numeric
string–be converted into an integer?

The reason is that better is an integer, but “That’s better.” is a
string. So it’s like you’re trying to do:

5 + “hello”

and that doesn’t work. You can convert back:

puts better.to_s + “…That’s better”

or use Ruby’s string interpolation syntax, which inserts expressions
into strings, via the #{} construct, and does the conversion for you:

puts “#{better}…That’s better.”

I’ve interpolated better, not better.to_s, and it will automatically
be to_s’d for me.

David

On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Max N. [email protected]
wrote:


puts ‘Hey there, I’m Uno.’
puts ‘What’s your favorite number?’
number = gets.chomp
better = number.to_i + 1
puts better + ‘…That’s better.’

You’re looking to the wrong line for the error

it’s

puts better.to_s + …

John

David A. Black wrote:

Hi –

On Fri, 17 Jul 2009, Max N. wrote:

I’m almost an absolute novice in Ruby; it is my first language and I
just began learning the basics yesterday, using Chris P.'s ‘Learning
to Program.’

Welcome to Ruby!

I’m receiving this error: String can’t be coerced into Fixnum
(TypeError).’ Why can’t this variable–which contains a numeric
string–be converted into an integer?

The reason is that better is an integer, but “That’s better.” is a
string. So it’s like you’re trying to do:

5 + “hello”

and that doesn’t work. You can convert back:

puts better.to_s + “…That’s better”

or use Ruby’s string interpolation syntax, which inserts expressions
into strings, via the #{} construct, and does the conversion for you:

puts “#{better}…That’s better.”

I’ve interpolated better, not better.to_s, and it will automatically
be to_s’d for me.

David

Welcome to Ruby!
Thanks! I look forward to learning what appears to be an incredibly
dynamic language.

Ahh…I see. Thank you for that explanation. It’s instances such as
these that allow a few basic concepts to come together.

Hi,

On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Max N.[email protected]
wrote:

I’m almost an absolute novice in Ruby; it is my first language and I
just began learning the basics yesterday, using Chris P.'s ‘Learning
to Program.’

Welcome!

The trouble I’m having is simple, but nonetheless I would appreciate an
explanation. The little program I’ve written accomplishes a simple task:
it asks for your favorite number, adds one to it, then returns it to
you. Here it is:

puts ‘Hey there, I’m Uno.’
puts ‘What’s your favorite number?’
number = gets.chomp
better = number.to_i + 1
puts better + ‘…That’s better.’

Looks like a few other folks have already solved your problem, so a
quick note on Ruby idiom/features. Ruby lets you use single or
double quotes to represent a string. The difference is that double
quotes allow variables to easily be inserted in your string. Also,
they make it easy to have apostrophes in your strings! A slightly
modified example, with no more ’ pain:

puts “Hey there, I’m Uno.”
puts "What’s your favorite number?

number = gets.chomp
better = number.to_i + 1

puts “#{better}… That’s better.”

~ j.

On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM, John wrote:

On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Max N.[email protected] wrote:

I’m almost an absolute novice in Ruby; it is my first language and I

number = gets.chomp
better = number.to_i + 1

puts “#{better}… That’s better.”

to the OP:

you could try playing (just for ruby fun) w the above code; make it a
one-liner, eg:

puts “#{gets.to_i + 1}… That’s better.”

kind regards -botp

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