On Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:01:43 -0500, "ara.t.howard"
<ara.t.howard / gmail.com> wrote in
<0b78a0a6-c2f2-4321-92bc-d7e6acc5c869 / d25g2000yqc.googlegroups.com>:

>
>var = hash[key].downcase if hash[key]

This is a variant of:

var = hash[key].downcase unless hash[key].nil?

which I indicated in my original post won't work, as I want an
explicit assignment of nil to var in the event that hash[key] returns
nil.  See David Black's response to my post.  I'm not assuming that
this is the first occurrence of var, so it may already have a value
from a previous assignment.
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