Ruby array pop method

In ruby programming language array pop method are used to remove last element of array. This method are returning remove element or nil when array empty. This method is returning removed element. In case array is empty, then they are returns nil value.

The parameter of this inbuilt method is optional, but it is able to take parameter values that indicate the number of elements to be removed from the end of the array. The syntax as follows.

# Remove last element
# or 

# To remove one and more than one element
arr.pop(n) # n indicates number of element

Generally the first method is most commonly used, in the second case when removing more than one element and the array elements are less than the removed element then this method removes all existing elements of the array.

Ruby pop method example

Let us look at some useful examples to understand the functionality of this method. In the first example, the last element from the array is to be removed.

# our array
arr = [1,4,2,3]

# Display array element
print("Before Remove ")
print("\nArray : ",arr)

# pop element 
data = arr.pop() # remove single element

# Display array element
print("\nAfter remove : ",data)
print("\nArray : ",arr)
Ruby pop array method example A
Before Remove 
Array : [1, 4, 2, 3]
After remove : 3
Array : [1, 4, 2]

In the second example, see how to extract more than one element in the final state. It is the same as before but in this case the parameter value is used.

# Our array
arr = [6,1,4,2,3]

# Display array element
print(" Before Remove ")
print("\n Array : ",arr)

# pop element
data = arr.pop(3) # remove last 3 element

# Display array element
print("\n Remove ",3," element : ",data)
print("\n After Remove : ",arr)
Ruby pop array method example B
 Before Remove 
 Array : [6, 1, 4, 2, 3]
 Remove 3 element : [4, 2, 3]
 After Remove : [6, 1]

When the pop() method removes more than one element, it returns an array that contains the removed elements.

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