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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Friday January 07, 2005
10:14 PM

have ruby, seek task

[ #22627 ]

I really like Ruby. Working with it is just so much fun! I wrote my checkbook balancer in it, and everything else I do is pretty much just messing around because it's fun. I need to find something more practical to do, but it's usually easier for me to use Perl instead.

Today, I wondered how easy it would be to iterate over an array in n-sized chunks at a time. This came to mind because I want to iterate over pairs in a list in Rubric's code. (I wish I'd written it in Ruby, sort of.)

So, I ended up writing a few methods for Array. It wasn't hard, but I rewrote them a number of times, each time feeling like I was getting a better grip on the Ruby Way.

class Array     def each_n(n, &block)         (0 .. (self.size/n.to_f).ceil - 1).map { |i|[i*n,n]) }     end     def collect_n(n, &block)         c = []         self.each_n(n) { |nth| { |x| c << x } }         return c     end     def collect_n!(n, &block)         self[0, self.size] = self.collect_n(n, &block)     end     alias_method :map_n,  :collect_n     alias_method :map_n!, :collect_n! end

each_n iterates over the Array, invoking the passed block once for each n-sized chunk, which is passed as an Array. collect_n maps these chunks through the block. As Ruby standards suggest, collect_n! does the mapping and replaces the original list's contents with the result.

What fun!

I don't have personal application for this, so I had some pretty silly test/demo code:

digits = [ 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 ]
puts "digits counted in fives:" digits.each_n(5) { |x| puts x, "---" }
puts "digits, multipled in threes by [0,1,2], counted in fives:" digits.collect_n!(3) { |nth| i = -1; { |x| x * i+=1; } } digits.each_n(5) { |x| puts x, "---" }

I should learn to use Ruby's testing framework for this sort of thing!

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