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Re: Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming

by Jonathan (Curate)
on Nov 24, 2000 at 17:57 UTC ( #43214=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Apparent Inconsistencies in Perl Function Naming

Guess I'm in the queue for a CAT scan princepawn. To my mind Larry has named functions well. To a degree it is a matter of opinion - perhaps even background. But I don't accept your arguments on the length function (which seems to have been inherited from awk anyway), 'length' does what it says on the tin and returns the length of a scalar value. While the 'scalar' operator forces scalar context - it is not a function to return the number of elements in a list. The same thing can be said for your second example you are looking at it from two sides - scalar and list

BTW do you never tire of playing the devil's advocate? ;-)

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