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On 6/23/07, Kerio Star <keriostar / gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hello folks,
>
> I'm a semi-newbie C++ programmer and a total newbie Ruby programmer, so
> please bear with my incompetence.
>
> In C++, as I'm sure most of you know, it's possible to read individual
> "words" into string variables by using the stream extraction operator.
> This operator automatically excludes any and all whitespace from the
> value it places into the string variable--that is, in the process of
> reading the next piece of input, it skips any leading whitespace, and
> stops upon encountering any following whitespace.
>
> I'm struggling to find an equivalent to this in Ruby. I'd like to open a
> text file and create from it an array each of whose values is an
> individual "word," sans whitespace.
>
> For example, given a string along the lines of "  \n\tHello  \n \t My
> \t\t\t\nName \t\n    Is  \n John", how can I cleanly extract the strings
> "Hello", "My", "Name", "Is", and "John"?
>
> Again, sorry for asking such a stupid question--just trying to get a
> handle on what seems to be an awesome language.
>
> Thanks for any help,
> Keriostar


Hi.  Without any file checking for existing files etc. You can use the read
method of file.  By calling this in a block it also closes the file for you.

words  ile.open( "404.html" ){ |f|  f.read.split }

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