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Re: for loop ?

by philipbailey (Chaplain)
on Aug 10, 2011 at 19:43 UTC ( #919725=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to for loop ?

Of course, for is indeed a looping construct, but in this case the for loops each have only one iteration. The programmer is using the "for" to set the default variable $_ to the value of $os or $hardware in each case, then performing a regular expression match (/.../), implicitly on $_, against various values. Older Perls (5.8 and prior) do not have a switch statement (well, given/when statement), so various other approaches have been used in the past to emulate one. I would probably not use this particular approach myself, but it seems to work well enough.

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[ambrus]: choroba: heh heh... I have such a doc bug report somewhere. fixed by now.
[Corion]: Once upon a time I had automatic tests for checking the synopsis, but I stopped doing that because the setup was too fragile on CPAN testers for extracting code from the SYNOPSIS.
[Corion]: Maybe I should move the extraction of the code from the SYNOPSIS section into the author tests, or something like that...
[choroba]: Corion Sounds reasonable
[Corion]: choroba: Yeah - I basically have the same for regenerating README and README.mkdown already, except that I do that in Makefile.PL, but I guess one or the other thing should somehow work ;)
[ambrus]: was this bug: https://rt.cpan. org/Public/Bug/ Display.html?id= 59814
[Corion]: ambrus: Oh - that one would be much harder to automate... The SYNOPSIS section should mostly be a runnable program IMO, but I write only small snippets in my documentation for single functions/methods, and creating the appropriate environment for ...
[Corion]: ... those in an automated fashion seems somewhat hard to me. Although it should do wonders for the test coverage ;)

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