Dmitry Buzdin wrote:
> Then why not call to_i on a whole string?
>
> "   1    45.3456   ".to_i
> "   1    45.3456   ".to_f
>
> It will find the first number and convert it to Fixnum or Float.
>
> Dmitry
You're absolutely right, Dmitry... .strip() is not necessary. But I
tend to be a bit anal-retentive about such things :o|