Arrays are ordered, integer-indexed collections of any object. Array indexing starts at 0, as in C or Java. A negative index is assumed to be relative to the end of the array—that is, an index of -1 indicates the last element of the array, -2 is the next to last element in the array, and so on.

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February 12, 2009
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Literal syntax

As you propably know you can create an Array either with the constructor or the literal syntax:

Array.new == []
# => true

But there is also another nice and concise literal syntax for creating Arrays of Strings:

["one", "two", "three"] == %w[one two three]
# => true

You can use any kind of parenthesis you like after the %w, either (), [] or {}. I prefer the square brackets because it looks more like an array.

June 11, 2012
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more_than? instance method

Over the weekend I kept running into instances where I was writing code like this:

Code example

arr = ['hello', 'world']

if arr.length > 2
 # do stuff
 # do something else

So I ended up extending the core and adding an instance method of more_than?

Code example

class Array
  def more_than?(num)
    length > num


arr = ['hello', 'world']
puts "Hello" if arr.more_than? 1