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Re: Empty List miracle (2)

by Sandy (Curate)
on Apr 29, 2010 at 14:20 UTC ( #837549=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Empty List miracle (2)

If you compare the output of your empty_list routine in scalar and list context:

sub empty_list { return @{ [] } } my @y=(empty_list())[0]; my $x = (empty_list())[0]; use Data::Dumper;print Dumper \$x,\@y;
You will see that @y is an empty array, and $x is undef.

think of the difference between using $x and @y in your hash declaration:

my @y=(empty_list())[0]; # @y = (); my $x = (empty_list())[0]; # $x = undef; my %x = (foo=>$x); my %xx = (foo=>@y);
So, to use your function in your hash declaration, you need to force scalar context.
my %x=(foo=>scalar((empty_list1())[0]));

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