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Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
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Divide 10000 by 17. Do you get 588.235294117647, 588.24 or 588? - Ruby and PHP

If you divide £10,000 between 17 lucky children, each gets £588.23 ... but if you divide the number 10,000 by the number 17, you get 588.235294117647. How do you format the data to the appropriate number of decimal places?

In Ruby, you can use the % operator on a string - which is an alias for the sprintf function. Here's an example, showing each of the two ways embedded in a puts statement:

  puts "With #{'%-2d' % infavour} kids, each gets #{'%8.2f' % amount}"
  puts "With #{sprintf '%-2d',infavour} kids, each gets #{sprintf '%8.2f',amount}"


Full exaample - including a list of the more common formatting letters (the "d" and "f" in my example) - [here].

Ruby has plenty of variety, There's a further example of an almost identical application written on an earlier course - [here]. And in that I used the same % operator in a rather different way:

  print "With %-2d in favour (add %10.10s) each gets %06.2f\n" %
     [nif, names[currentname],howm]





Co-incidentally, my email last night included a similar question about PHP. My answer:

Sample PHP code that prints out number to full places, then just to 2:

  <?php
  $var = 296.531136;
  print ("$var\n");
  printf ("%.2f\n",$var);
  ?>


Runs as follows:

  wizard:sep11 graham$ php phpdemo
  296.531136
  296.53
  wizard:sep11 graham$


You'll find PHP examples in various places in our examples directory including [here] and [here].

In Perl and C, you have printf ... and in Python you have the % operator although there's also something new as well ... via str.format. See [here].
(written 2011-09-08)

 
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  [970] String duplication - x in Perl, * in Python and Ruby - (2006-12-07)
  [986] puts - opposite of chomp in Ruby - (2006-12-15)
  [987] Ruby v Perl - interpollating variables - (2006-12-15)
  [1195] Regular Express Primer - (2007-05-20)
  [1305] Regular expressions made easy - building from components - (2007-08-16)
  [1588] String interpretation in Ruby - (2008-03-21)
  [1875] What are exceptions - Python based answer - (2008-11-08)
  [1887] Ruby Programming Course - Saturday and Sunday - (2008-11-16)
  [1891] Ruby to access web services - (2008-11-16)
  [2293] Regular Expressions in Ruby - (2009-07-16)
  [2295] The dog is not in trouble - (2009-07-17)
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  [2614] Neatly formatting results into a table - (2010-02-01)
  [2621] Ruby collections and strings - some new examples - (2010-02-03)
  [2623] Object Oriented Ruby - new examples - (2010-02-03)
  [2980] Ruby - examples of regular expressions, inheritance and polymorphism - (2010-10-02)
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  [4388] Global Regular Expression matching in Ruby (using scan) - (2015-01-08)
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H109 - PHP - Input / Output
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  [616] printf - a flawed but useful function - (2006-02-22)
  [653] Easy feed! - (2006-03-21)
  [709] Handling huge data files in PHP - (2006-05-04)
  [997] Most recent file in a directory - PHP - (2006-12-18)
  [1094] PHP fread - truncated data - (2007-02-27)
  [1096] Sample script - FTP to get a file from within PHP - (2007-03-01)
  [1113] File and URL reading in PHP - (2007-03-20)
  [1442] Reading a file multiple times - file pointers - (2007-11-23)
  [1780] Server overloading - turns out to be feof in PHP - (2008-09-01)
  [2964] An introduction to file handling in programs - buffering, standard in and out, and file handles - (2010-09-21)
  [3029] PHP data sources - other web servers, large data flows, and the client (browser) - (2010-11-04)
  [3159] Returning multiple values from a function call in various languages - a comparison - (2011-02-06)
  [4483] Moving from mysql to mysqli - simple worked example - (2015-05-03)

H107 - String Handling in PHP
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  [54] PHP and natural sorting - (2004-09-19)
  [337] the array returned by preg_match_all - (2005-06-06)
  [422] PHP Magic Quotes - (2005-08-22)
  [463] Splitting the difference - (2005-10-13)
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  [1008] Date conversion - PHP - (2006-12-26)
  [1058] PHP Regular expression to extrtact link and text - (2007-01-31)
  [1336] Ignore case in Regular Expression - (2007-09-08)
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  [1533] Short and sweet and sticky - PHP form input - (2008-02-06)
  [1603] Do not SHOUT and do not whisper - (2008-04-06)
  [1613] Regular expression for 6 digits OR 25 digits - (2008-04-16)
  [1799] Regular Expressions in PHP - (2008-09-16)
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  [3020] Handling (expanding) tabs in PHP - (2010-10-29)
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  [3516] Regular Expression modifiers in PHP - summary table - (2011-11-12)
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  [3789] More than just matching with a regular expression in PHP - (2012-06-30)
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