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Michele Caci
Michele Caci

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How to filter out runes using strings.Map() in Go

While using strings.Map(mapping func(rune) rune, s string) string to manipulate a string, the mapping function can return -1 (or any negative values) to filter out unwanted runes. Here is the reference.

Some useful situations:

func filterAndLower(r rune) rune {
    if !unicode.IsLetter(r) {
        return -1
    return unicode.ToLower(r)
input := "Hello 123 World"
hello := strings.Map(filterAndLower, in) // return value: "helloworld"
// It can also be combined with string.Builder when one is needed
sb := strings.Builder{}
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