User Input

User Input

In Ruby, user input is made possible by the #gets method. During the executing of a Ruby program, when a line with the #gets method is read, the terminal is primed for input from the user. The input is returned as a string type after the #gets method is finished.

name = gets
puts "My name is #{name}!"

The output would be:

Melanie
My name is Melanie
!

If just the #gets method is used, the keystroke on the Enter key is submitted with rest of the input, hence why thd ! is on a new line. This can be avoided with the #chomp method:

name = gets.chomp
puts "My name is #{name}!"

The output would be:

Brandon
My name is Brandon!
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