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So that's numbers... but what about letters? Words? Text?

The word we use for groups of letters is string. Here are some strings:

Some things you can do with strings

Ruby lets you do several nifty things with strings.

Here is a good way to remember this: '"hi " * 3' is the same as '"hi " + "hi " + "hi "' so it gives me "hi hi hi ".

Notice what happens if I forget the space in "hi ":

Now see what happens here:

When Ruby sees "1" it sees a string, not a number.

More things you can do with text

Here are some more nifty things you can do with text:


  1. What do you expect this will do:

    >> 'hello'.length + 'world'.length

    Try it.

  2. Play around with strings for a bit.