Scott Watermasysk Husband, Father, Bootstrapper, Developer, Builder, Shipper.

Do Not Overthink Ruby

I was reading through the Ruby regex docs trying to figure out how to iterate over a string and replace all the matches of a particular pattern.

The tricky part is the matches are not one to one (not just a find and replace). I tried a bunch of different things and then started wishing gsub took a blockā€¦.turns out it already does this.

Example:

"1234".gsub(/\d/) {|i| i.to_i * 2} # 2468

Even better, it handles all substitution

"Square this number: 5".gsub(/\d/) {|i| i.to_i * i_to_i}
# Square this number: 25