literal quote in an array?


S

Simon Schuster

using colons for now, but would like to somehow encapsulate a sentence
in this way (basically), with quotes.

speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said: ", "replied: ", "stated: "]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

thanks!
 
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T

Tim Hunter

Simon said:
using colons for now, but would like to somehow encapsulate a sentence
in this way (basically), with quotes.

speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said: ", "replied: ", "stated: "]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

thanks!

'"hello"'
%q{"hello"}
"\"hello\""
 
G

Gaspard Bucher

This can work if you do not have strange characters in the content:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0].inspect

This is better:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + "\"#{content[0]}\""
 
S

Sebastian Hungerecker

Simon said:
speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said", "replied", "stated"]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

I'd do it like this:
speaker = %w(joe betty)
expression = %w(said replied stated)
content = %w(hello. bye.)
sentence = "#{speaker[0]} #{expression[1]}, #{content[0].inspect}"

If using inspect feels too hackish to you, you could use \"#{content[0]}\"
instead.


HTH,
Sebastian
 
R

Rob Biedenharn

2007/9/24 said:
using colons for now, but would like to somehow encapsulate a
sentence
in this way (basically), with quotes.

speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said: ", "replied: ", "stated: "]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

thanks!

!DSPAM:46f7f33b123781222944467!
This can work if you do not have strange characters in the content:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0].inspect

This is better:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + "\"#{content[0]}\""

Or better still:

sentence = %{#{speaker[0]} #{expression[1]} "#{content[0]}"}

Then you don't need the extra spaces in the speaker and expression
elements.

-Rob

Rob Biedenharn http://agileconsultingllc.com
(e-mail address removed)
 
S

Simon Schuster

excellent, thank you

This can work if you do not have strange characters in the content:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0].inspect

This is better:
sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + "\"#{content[0]}\""

2007/9/24 said:
using colons for now, but would like to somehow encapsulate a sentence
in this way (basically), with quotes.

speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said: ", "replied: ", "stated: "]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

thanks!


!DSPAM:46f7f33b123781222944467!
 
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Phrogz

using colons for now, but would like to somehow encapsulate a sentence
in this way (basically), with quotes.

speaker = ["joe ", "betty "]
expression = ["said: ", "replied: ", "stated: "]
content = ["hello.", "bye."]

053:0> sentence = speaker[0] + expression[1] + content[0]
"joe replied: hello."
but I'd like to get:
"joe replied, "hello.""

Seeing what you're doing, I thought I'd show you my "String#variation"
method, that allows you to write a generic sentence like this:
q = "(How (much|many)|What) is (the (value|result) of)? "
and generate random variations on it via:
q.variation

If you have variables you want to substitute into the string, you can
either do that during construction (if they never change):
q = "(Hello|Howdy), #{name}"
or you can substitute the name variable on the fly:
q = "(Hello|Howdy), :name"
greeting = q.variation( :name=>"Bob" )

I wrote this code for my solution to Quiz #48 [1], and have only ever
used it there, but it's reasonably simple and seems solid enough.

class String
def variation( values={} )
out = self.dup
while out.gsub!( /\(([^())?]+)\)(\?)?/ ){
( $2 && ( rand > 0.5 ) ) ? '' : $1.split( '|' ).random
}; end
out.gsub!( /:(#{values.keys.join('|')})\b/ ){ values[$1.intern] }
out.gsub!( /\s{2,}/, ' ' )
out
end
end


Perhaps you will find it useful.

[1] http://blade.nagaokaut.ac.jp/cgi-bin/scat.rb/ruby/ruby-talk/157538
 
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Phrogz

class String
def variation( values={} )
out = self.dup
while out.gsub!( /\(([^())?]+)\)(\?)?/ ){
( $2 && ( rand > 0.5 ) ) ? '' : $1.split( '|' ).random
}; end
out.gsub!( /:(#{values.keys.join('|')})\b/ ){ values[$1.intern] }
out.gsub!( /\s{2,}/, ' ' )
out
end
end

Oops, I forgot that this relies on having:

class Array
def random
self[ rand( self.length ) ]
end
end
 

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