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find_index(...) public

Returns the index of the first object in self such that is == to obj. If a block is given instead of an argument, returns first object for which block is true. Returns nil if no match is found.

   a = [ "a", "b", "c" ]
   a.index("b")        #=> 1
   a.index("z")        #=> nil
   a.index{|x|x=="b"}  #=> 1

This is an alias of #find_index.

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July 8, 2009 - (<= v1_8_7_72)
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Using block version in Ruby < 1.8.7

The block usage was added in 1.8.7, so to get the same functionality in an earlier version of Ruby, you need to utilize the find method.

Here is a quick example:

match = list.find { |l| l.owner == myself }
match_index = list.index(match)

If you do some gymnastics, you can have it on one line without extra variables:

match_index = list.index(list.find { |l| l.owner == myself })
September 27, 2013
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Using find_index to return first match. Profit!

This example shows how to use find_index to return a result as soon as the first occurrence of what you are looking for is found.

Code example

class Widget < Struct.new(:name, :profit); end

class WidgetManager
  def initialize(*widgets)
    @widgets = widgets
  end
  def is_any_widget_profitable?
    @widgets.find_index { |w| w.profit > 0 }  # <== usage!
  end
end

wm = WidgetManager.new(Widget.new('a', -100), Widget.new('b', 200), Widget.new('c', 300))
wm.is_any_widget_profitable?  # => 1
(wm.is_any_widget_profitable?) ? 'some profit' : 'all loss'  # => "some profit"

wm = WidgetManager.new(Widget.new('a', -100), Widget.new('b', -200), Widget.new('c', -300))
wm.is_any_widget_profitable?  # => nil
(wm.is_any_widget_profitable?) ? 'some profit' : 'all loss'  # => "all loss"