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Sharpen your Ruby: Variables, puts and gets

Eric The Coder
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I develop in Javascript, Python, PHP and Ruby. By far Ruby is my favorite programming language. Together let start a journey and revisit our Ruby foundations.

You want to sharpen your Ruby?

In this series we will start from the beginning and will discover every aspect of Ruby one step at a time.

Each post will include some theory but also exercise and solution.

If you have any questions/comments or your are new and need help, you can comment below or send me a message.

Run your Ruby code

No need to go through a complete install. Just go to this web site https://replit.com/languages/ruby and start learning right now. You will have plenty of time to figure out the Ruby installation on your local machine later on...

Ruby Variables

If you’re new to programming, variables are the fundamental building blocks of a programming language as they are used to store different values that you want to process in your code.

Once the variable is store in program memory, it can be use later on.

For example let say you want to store the user name you can use a variable call name and set is value to Mike Taylor.

name = 'Mike Taylor'
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In Ruby string is enclosed with quotation marks.

The variable name we just created is a string variable. In Ruby we don't have to specified the variable type.

Ruby is a Just-in-time (JIT) interpreted language. Which automatically recognizes the data type based on what variables are stored.

Here are some Ruby basic variables type and how to create them

# string
full_name = 'Mike Taylor'

# integer number
count = 20

# float number
book_price = 15.80

# booleans
active? = true
admin_user? = false
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Ruby also have more advance variables type like array, hash, structure and class. We will cover all of those in details later.

Output

In Ruby it is possible to output information to the console/terminal.

For example let's send our name variable to the console

name = 'Mike Taylor'
puts name
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The puts method will take any value we give him and print it to the console...

Mike Taylor
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Others example

name = 'Mike Taylor'
puts 'Hello World'
puts 'Hello', name
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Hello World
Hello
Mike Taylor
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As you can see we can send multiple value to puts method and he will display all of them.

Another Ruby method very similar to puts is the method print. Print can display something to the console but will not send the line break after each print. Example:

name = 'Mike Taylor'
print 'Hello ', name
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Hello Mike Taylor
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Input

How about getting info from user. In Ruby we use the method gets to do just that

print 'Enter user name: '
name = gets
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The console will then wait for user input:

Enter user name: _
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The gets method will return everything you type plus a line break characters. If you don't want to read the line break characters use the chomp method to remove that last character

print 'Enter user name: '
name = gets.chomp
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Everything in Ruby is an object

The following concept will be a bit more advance. Beginners could have hard time to fully understand this concept. (and it is ok).

In Ruby everything is an object. Event type like integer, string, array are all objects. All Ruby objects inherits properties amd methods from there parent object.

Here an example

name = 'Mike'
puts name.upcase # MIKE
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In this example we use the method upcase to convert our string to upper case. How thats possible? The name variable is a string and the string in Ruby is an object. All string object have already many pre-build method to help the developper.

The .upcase method is not the only methods provid by the string object. There is many more methods available. We will discover some of those in future posts.

If you want to know all availables methods for string or any other Ruby objects you can consult Ruby official documentation: https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/

We will come back later to this concept but for now just keep it in your mind: Everything in Ruby is an object.

Exercise

Create a little program that ask for user name and user age and save the result in name and age variable.

Then display name and age variable in the console

Solution

print 'Enter user name: '
name = gets.chomp

print 'Enter user age: '
age = gets.chomp

puts 'The user name is: ', name
puts 'The user age is: ', age
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Conclusion

That's it for today. The journey just started, stay tune for the next post very soon. (later today or tomorrow)

If you have any comments or questions please do so here or send me a message on twitter.

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atulit023

Good job.
I loved it.

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Thank you for the kind words

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