|Perl Monk, Perl Meditation|
defined ? to be : notby Don Coyote (Monk)
|on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:40 UTC||Need Help??|
as always a couple of threads make sense when you join them together
In chat the subject of length of a defined scalar popped up, and discussions of if else conditional syntax have occured, this article merges parts of those ideas together
from the command line, this was being typed
with questions about why zero length scalars remain defined.
I quickly suggested that a true conditional be placed as a further argument, to suggest the reason. I went back to this after, and evolved a useful learning trick.
Briefly the code suggested in the title is obviously the famous shakespearian quote to be or not to be? Well more rightly it is the answer if Romeo makes the decision, the question itself is an OR conditionial, ok IM getting existential now...
Best to start with the truth I think. In the original command line the input scalar will always be defined, as it is a scalar passed to the code via the command line. What it will or won't be is true. Lined out for readability.
So lets try this with an undefined scalar. No input from command line and hence no chomp also. We will aslo extended the conditional argument so that the false or 'else' side becomes a further conditional or 'elsif' side. Either way something very interesting happens.
So the crux of the play is surely whether the love was ever defined in the first place?!