DZone Snippets is a public source code repository. Easily build up your personal collection of code snippets, categorize them with tags / keywords, and share them with the world

Snippets has posted 5883 posts at DZone. View Full User Profile

Quickly Match First Instance Of A Regex In Ruby

01.31.2006
| 13414 views |
  • submit to reddit
        I recently saw a clever Ruby idiom to return the first regex match within a string in Ruby:

irb> x = "this is a 1234 test"
irb> x[/\d+/]
=> "1234"
irb> x[/\w+/]
=> "this"