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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bertram Scharpf [mailto:lists / bertram-scharpf.de] 
> Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 11:04 PM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: Re: first and last char
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Am Sonntag, 12. Aug 2007, 02:43:00 +0900 schrieb Felix Windt:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: botp [mailto:botpena / gmail.com]
> > > Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 10:30 AM
> > > 
> > > wish there were #first and #last in String
> > 
> > irb(main):001:0> class String
> > irb(main):002:1> def first
> > irb(main):003:2> self.split('').first
> > irb(main):004:2> end
> > irb(main):005:1> def last
> > irb(main):006:2> self.split('').last
> > irb(main):007:2> end
> > irb(main):008:1> end
> > => nil
> > irb(main):009:0> "testing".first
> > => "t"
> > irb(main):010:0> "testing".last
> > => "g"
> 
> Sometimes I wish every young programmer was forced to do a 
> month in Assembler and another one in C just to see what cost 
> in time and space some constructions cause.
> 
> Sorry, Felix!
> 
> Bertram
> 
> 
> --
> Bertram Scharpf
> Stuttgart, Deutschland/Germany
> http://www.bertram-scharpf.de
> 

No problem :o)

When posting here, I tend to forget that I usually either write throwaway
scripts (one time processing of a problem), or scripts that get run
occasionally on faily large servers. So far, considering processing time and
memory simply stepped into the background over finding a solution quickly -
if a script takes 2 minutes longer to run but took 5 minute fewer to write
while solving something immediate, that's a net win in most situations I use
ruby in.

You're completely right, though, it's far from best practices.

Felix

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