Kerio Star 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

Alternative if you want to avoid having interpunctuation and other stuff 
in your words:
words = string.scan(/\w+/)

Regards
Stefan

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