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by gods
on Feb 11, 2000 at 00:06 UTC ( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
There is not a noticeable increase in speed in using $x = qr/.../; /$x/ instead of $x = '...'; /$x/o; in the testing I have done. And the /o modifier is ONLY useful if the regex has any variables in it.

The place where qr// is important is when looping over strings and patterns. If you do a benchmark of code like this:

while (<>) { for my $p (qr/a+b/, qr/c+d/, qr/e+f/) { foo() if /$p/ } } # vs. while (<>) { for my $s ('a+b', 'c+d', 'e+f') { foo() if /$s/ } }
The qr// version will be considerably faster because Perl knows the regexes are already compiled, whereas in the string version, we need to compile three regexes for every line of input.

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In reply to Re: /o is dead, long live qr//! by japhy
in thread /o is dead, long live qr//! by diotalevi

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