I'm trying to dynamically generate some MarkDown formatted documents, with header fields of arbitrary lengths.

I want to have a title of arbitrary length underlined like this

This should work to

The code I came up with to do this in my ERB views.

<%= @title %>
<%= @title.length.times.map{"-"}.join %>

Is there a more efficient way to make this happen?


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One way is to use multiplication. Multiplying a String by a Fixnum will produce a new String where the original String appears the Fixnum of times.

"-" * @title.length #=> "---------------" 

Documentation for String#*

Warning: Make sure you put the String first or else you will get a TypeError: String can't be coerced into Fixnum since that would be calling Fixnum#* instead of String#*.


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