String#chars would solve the original point as well, at least
semantically:

     "my favorite test string".chars.last  # => "g"

...but unless some magic were done, this could be needlessly
inefficient.  

    -- Markus 

On Sun, 2004-10-24 at 21:02, trans. (T. Onoma) wrote:
> On Sunday 24 October 2004 11:54 pm, Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
> | Hi,
> |
> | In message "Re: [rcr] String#first / String#last"
> |
> |     on Mon, 25 Oct 2004 09:18:51 +0900, Hal Fulton 
> <hal9000 / hypermetrics.com> writes:
> | |I think I'd be opposed to that. But adding a to_a might be good -- I
> | |frequently do a gratuitous split operation for that purpose.
> |
> | It already has "to_a" which works line-wise.  Perhaps something called
> | "explode" in other language is what you want.
> 
> Believe their is an RCR for #chars
> 
>   def chars
>     split(//)
>   end
> 
> T.