Robert Najlis <rnajlis / cs.indiana.edu> wrote in
<3ADE83C2.B2214804 / cs.indiana.edu>: 

>Am I doing something wrong (maybe - I am pretty new to Ruby)?  it seems
>that many time when I want to geet a numerical value out of a variable,
>I need to make it a String first, and then use the .to_i function   ->
>"#{count}".to_i
>

Are you sure "count" is a Number? I would claim it is (many times) a
String. If it was always a String you could do: "count.to_i"

Clemens