Luigi Aversano Luigi Aversano - 6 months ago 9
Ruby Question

How to replace a specific character in a string along with the immediate next character

I have a string of text:

string = "%hello %world ho%w is i%t goin%g"


I want to return the following:

"Hello World hoW is iT goinG


The
%
sign is a key that tells me the next character should be capitalized. The closest I have gotten so far is:

@thing = "%this is a %test this is %only a %test"

if @thing.include?('%')
indicator_position = @thing.index("%")
lowercase_letter_position = indicator_position + 1
lowercase_letter = @thing[lowercase_letter_position]

@thing.gsub!("%#{lowercase_letter}","#{lowercase_letter.upcase}")
end


This returns:

"This is a Test this is %only a Test"


It looks like I need to iterate through the string to make it work as it is only replacing the lowercase 't' but I can't get it to work.

Answer

You can do this with gsub and a block:

string.gsub(/%(.)/) do |m|
  m[1].upcase
end

Using a block allows you to run arbitrary code on each match.

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