Converting a string to a number with CRC

Tagged conversion, crc, number, string  Languages ruby

CRC can be used to convert a string into a number:

require 'zlib'
integer = Zlib.crc32('snippet')
=> 2518453461
Zlib.crc32('cat')
=> 2656977832

The CRC algorithm is normally used to detect changes or errors in large chunks of data.