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The fastest and most readable way to remove the first character from a string
require 'benchmark'
N = 1_000_000
puts RUBY_VERSION
STR = "[12,23,987,43"
Benchmark.bm(7) do |b|
b.report('[0]') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43"[0] = '' } }
b.report('sub') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43".sub(/^\[+/, "") } }
b.report('gsub') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43".gsub(/^\[/, "") } }
b.report('[1..-1]') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43"[1..-1] } }
b.report('slice') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43".slice!(0) } }
b.report('length') { N.times { "[12,23,987,43"[1..STR.length] } }
end
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