On Aug 23, 2006, at 2:16 PM, David Vallner wrote:

> Josselin wrote:
>> I am not yet a big friend of reegxp.. and I don't actually know if  
>> I should use it or any other function
>> but I'd like to know the easiest path to do the following :
>> I get a string   person = 'Clara Mint" which is a full name
>> and I would like to find the object "id" in a collection using  
>> this  full name :
>> people = [ ["id" => "1", "first" => "Jack", "last" => "Johnson"],  
>> ["id" => "2", "first" => "Ben", "last" => "Kenneth"], ["id" =>  
>> "3", "first" => "Ken", "last" => "Olsen"], ["id" => "4", "first"  
>> => "Howard", "last" => "Wong"], ["id" => "5", "first" => "Clara",  
>> "last" => "Mint"], ["id" => "7", "first" => "Che", "last" =>  
>> "Guevara"]]
>> any hint to start ?
>> Joss
>
> first, last = person.split(/\s+/)
> found_person = people.find { | person |
> 	person["first"] == first and person["last"] = last
> }

Be warned, parsing names correctly is a non-trivial task...

James Edward Gray II  (Hint, hint!)

P.S.  My wife's name is Dana Ann Leslie Gray, so don't forget to  
handle that too.  ;)

P.P.S.  I smell Ruby Quiz material...  :D