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How to parse a tweet text from Twitter using Ruby to parse-out ‘@’ and ‘#’

Posted by arjunghosh on March 5, 2009

Well lot of us love @twitter and also Ruby, and some time work on both 🙂

And often we need to do the folowing with a tweet

Well I had to do the following quite often:-

Take out the ‘@’ (i.e. @replies )and ‘#’ (i.e. hashtags ) from a tweet and separate it from the text part.

For example, we have a tweet:

@myfriend1 @myfriend2 this is a sample text #link #text

Now I want this tweet to be seperated into the following Array:



and the text only – [“this is a sample text “]

So first had to build a RegE, and then using the ever useful .gsub method of Ruby, created the following:

parsed_text = tweet.text.gsub(/ ?(@\w+)| ?(#\w+)/) { |a| ((a.include?(‘#’)) ? tags : replies) << a.strip.gsub(/#|@/,”); ” }

So the parsed_text has the final text only.  tags is an Array which will contain the hashtags and replies is an Array which will contain the @replies.

The RegEx / ?(@\w+)| ?(#\w+)/ extracts and seperates the hashtags & the @replies and place them in two seperate arrays.

The RegEx /#|@/,” only reples the ‘@’ and ‘#’ symbols in the extracted array elements.

And you can download it from Gist here

Also while working on creating the above regular expressions, I found this interesting RegEx testing site called which will help you write regular expressions very easily.

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Using ERB as a dynamic template to create a file whose contents are dynamic

Posted by arjunghosh on February 17, 2009

The following code will create a temporary file for say attaching a vcard file to email.The following code is dynamic to use ERB as a template to create the file dynamically every time with the variable “telephone”,”location”,”email” which gets binded to the ERB file and is under scope.
The code is:-

telephone = “347-27456”
location = “New Delhi”
email = “”
vcard =‘address.vcard.erb’ ){ |f| } ).result( binding )
f =“temp_file.vcf”,”wb”)
f.puts vcard

and in pastie is here

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