Learn About Ruby Hashes

Learn About Ruby Hashes
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Basics:

  • Ruby hashes are comparable to Javascript objects or dictionaries in languages like Python.
  • Hashes contain items that are stored by key: value pairs.
  • Ruby hashes can be created using the following methods:
    • my_hash = {}
    • my_hash = Hash.new
  • There are many methods built into Ruby to find information from and update hashes.

Examples:

my_hash = {'name' => 'Batman', 'age' => 25}
# is equivalent to:
my_hash = Hash.new
my_hash['name'] = 'Batman'
my_hash['age'] = 25
# Both of these examples return:
{"name"=>"Batman", "age"=>25}
# here is an alternative way to create the array:
{name: 'Batman', age: 25}
# this example return:
{:name=>"Batman", :age=>25}
# learn more about [symbols here](http://www.randomhacks.net/2007/01/20/13-ways-of-looking-at-a-ruby-symbol/)

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