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Overwriting Arrays: Is it really this super easy?

Jason seemed to overwrite the array that he had already created here with the new one:

grocery_list = ["milk", "eggs", "bread", 1, 2, 3]  

=> ["milk", "eggs", "bread", 1, 2, 3]

grocery_list = %w (milk eggs bread)

=> ["milk", "eggs", "bread"]

Is the array with the grocery list and numbers being overwritten with the other array? If not, what's happening? Are there now 2 arrays with the same name: grocery_list ?

1 Answer

Rick Buffington
Rick Buffington
8,105 Points

The array is overwritten. When the second array is assigned to grocery_list, the original list is overwritten. There is still only 1 grocery_list variable.