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Re^5: Dereferencing arraysby BrowserUk (Pope)
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Because you cannot pass arrays to subroutines; you can only pass a (single) list.
This reality stems from this:
There is nothing to delimit the two different lists on the right hand side; so everything -- the numbers and the letters -- gets assigned to @a; nothing to @b;
Similarly, when you do this:
All the items from both arrays and the single scalar get concatenated into a single list, which inside the function you address as the array @_.
When you assign @_ to two arrays and a scalar inside your function:
The information about which elements of @_ came from which argument has been lost; so everything gets assigned to @groupA and nothing to the other two variables.
Hence if you want to pass multiple arrays (or hashes; or combination thereof) to a function, you have to pass references to them and dereference internally.
It might sound like a limitation, but once you start using your function to sort arrays of any size, you'll be glad of the efficiency that results.
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