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Re: What is the difference between $array[1] and @array[1]?

by TimToady (Parson)
on Apr 07, 2009 at 16:12 UTC ( #756063=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What is the difference between $array[1] and @array[1]?

Another mental tidbit: to prevent just this sort of confusion, Perl 6 makes sigils invariant, so that $array[1] always dereferences $array and @array[1] always deferences @array. (And in either case, slices arise naturally when you use multiple subscripts.)

So in Perl 6, not only does @array[1] not warn, but it's actually the correct form to dereference @array. The ramifications of this run deep, so I tend to doubt whether this feature will ever be backported to Perl 5, but you never know...

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