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Re^2: AI Overlords

by hippo (Abbot)
on Mar 10, 2016 at 00:17 UTC ( #1157237=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: AI Overlords
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So amazingly only the last line actually produces an error

Without semicolons this is all just one statement. The single statement has a lot of commas which IIRC are evaluated from right to left and therefore the last line of the prose is the first phrase that perl will actually try to parse in any detail.

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Re^3: AI Overlords
by morgon (Curate) on Mar 10, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
    I was surprised that it would not bail out at the full-stops.

    Is there any way to see how perl attempts to parse a script that eventually turns out not to be valid (B::Deparse will not help then I suppose...)

      I was surprised that it would not bail out at the full-stops.

      The full stop is the concatenation operator. This is valid perl:

      $ perl -ce 'a . b;' -e syntax OK

      If your only punctuation is the full stop and the comma you can get away with most things. Just avoid reserved words near punctuation.

      $ perl -ce 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in +the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe' -e syntax OK

      Of course, you couldn't end that with a full stop because it's a binary operator. HTH

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