- 2.1 Representing Ordinary Strings
- 2.2 Representing Strings with Alternate Notations
- 2.3 Using Here-Documents
- 2.4 Finding the Length of a String
- 2.5 Processing a Line at a Time
- 2.6 Processing a Character or Byte at a Time
- 2.7 Performing Specialized String Comparisons
- 2.8 Tokenizing a String
- 2.9 Formatting a String
- 2.10 Using Strings as IO Objects
- 2.11 Controlling Uppercase and Lowercase
- 2.12 Accessing and Assigning Substrings
- 2.13 Substituting in Strings
- 2.14 Searching a String
- 2.15 Converting Between Characters and ASCII Codes
- 2.16 Implicit and Explicit Conversion
- 2.17 Appending an Item onto a String
- 2.18 Removing Trailing Newlines and Other Characters
- 2.19 Trimming Whitespace from a String
- 2.20 Repeating Strings
- 2.21 Embedding Expressions within Strings
- 2.22 Delayed Interpolation of Strings
- 2.23 Parsing Comma-Separated Data
- 2.24 Converting Strings to Numbers (Decimal and Otherwise)
- 2.25 Encoding and Decoding <tt>rot13</tt> Text
- 2.26 Encrypting Strings
- 2.27 Compressing Strings
- 2.28 Counting Characters in Strings
- 2.29 Reversing a String
- 2.30 Removing Duplicate Characters
- 2.31 Removing Specific Characters
- 2.32 Printing Special Characters
- 2.33 Generating Successive Strings
- 2.34 Calculating a 32-Bit CRC
- 2.35 Calculating the SHA-256 Hash of a String
- 2.36 Calculating the Levenshtein Distance Between Two Strings
- 2.37 Encoding and Decoding Base64 Strings
- 2.38 Expanding and Compressing Tab Characters
- 2.39 Wrapping Lines of Text
- 2.40 Conclusion
2.30 Removing Duplicate Characters
Runs of duplicate characters may be removed using the squeeze method. If a parameter is specified, only those characters will be squeezed.
s1 = "bookkeeper" s2 = s1.squeeze # "bokeper" s3 = "Hello..." s4 = s3.squeeze # "Helo."
If a parameter is specified, only those characters will be squeezed.
s5 = s3.squeeze(".") # "Hello."
This parameter follows the same rules as the one for the count method (see Section 2.28, “Counting Characters in Strings,” earlier in this chapter); that is, it understands the hyphen and the caret.
There is also a squeeze! method.