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Re^3: Access Hashes of Hashes etc.

by muba (Priest)
on Sep 14, 2011 at 22:44 UTC ( #926020=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Access Hashes of Hashes etc.
in thread Access Hashes of Hashes etc.

True, of course, but in my opinion using the dereference operator -> explicitely anyway makes it clearer what your intentions are. $thingy{foo}[3] might work when %thingy is your root hash, so to speak. But once you're deeper into the structure, where you've loaded stuff into variables such as $thingies_a_thingy_does_in_the_weekends which would be an arrayref or hashref, you're either bound to use -> or dereference the whole thing anyway.

That, and there's nothing wrong with littering your code with ->.

Sometimes being explicit makes things all the more readable. For example, let's assume a function superFunc, that returns different things based on whether its called in scalar context or list context. In my $superScalar = scalar(superFunc) it's already clear that you want the scalar context behaviour from the my $superScalar part. But by calling it as scalar(superFunc) you say: "yes, I know that superFunc is context sensitive and yes, I really want its scalar context behaviour."

But I digress.

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