This blog is part of our Ruby 2.4 series.

In Ruby 2.4, clamp method is added to the Comparable module. This method can be used to clamp an object within a specific range of values.

clamp method takes min and max as two arguments to define the range of values in which the given argument should be clamped.

Clamping numbers

clamp can be used to keep a number within the range of min, max.

10.clamp(5, 20)
=> 10

10.clamp(15, 20)
=> 15

10.clamp(0, 5)
=> 5

Clamping strings

Similarly, strings can also be clamped within a range.

"e".clamp("a", "s")
=> "e"

"e".clamp("f", "s")
=> "f"

"e".clamp("a", "c")
=> "c"

"this".clamp("thief", "thin")
=> "thin"

Internally, this method relies on applying the spaceship <=> operator between the object and the min & max arguments.

if x <=> min < 0, x = min; 
if x <=> max > 0 , x = max
else x