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Letter by letter

by DaveMonk (Acolyte)
on Apr 20, 2012 at 18:16 UTC ( #966227=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
DaveMonk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi there, I was wondering if there is a more efficient way of printing a string out letter by letter. At the moment I am doing it like:
for ($i=0; $i=1; $i++) { print "s"; sleep 1; [... etc ...] }
But it looks and feels stupid. Is there a better way?

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Re: Letter by letter
by Riales (Hermit) on Apr 20, 2012 at 18:22 UTC

    Why the sleep after each print? Are you perhaps suffering from buffering?

    If not, my initial thought when I think about printing a string letter by letter would be:

    $| = 1; print $_ foreach (split '', $string);

    Edit: I took a second look at the code you provided. I'm really not sure I understand what you're trying to do now. The second bit of the for loop is supposed to be a test that tells the loop when to stop, but since you're just assigning to $i, I'm pretty sure that loop will run forever.

      Hmm... it prints out the string directly. I want it to instead of print "string", to make it so it has 1 second intervals between each character it's printing... But im going to read the article you linked me.

        Ah, in that case, I think you were mostly on the right track except with the buffering thing and the end case for the for loop.

        $| = 1; foreach my $letter (split '', $string) { print $letter; sleep 1; }
Re: Letter by letter
by JavaFan (Canon) on Apr 20, 2012 at 19:01 UTC
    That indeeds looks stupid. The loop will never terminate, as the middle expression, $i=1 will always be true. It's probably not your intention, but then, you aren't saying what you want to do.

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