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While working on a program, I was using some hashes in various places. Declaring it in one place with default data and appending to it at a later point.

My question is this: There is a "." operator for concatenation strings (scalars), correct? Is there any equivalent to this for hashes?

i.e.
my %hash = ( a => 'b' ); # do stuff %hash .= ( e => 'f', g => 'h', i => 'j' );
instead of the semi-tedious
$hash{'e'} = 'f'; $hash{'g'} = 'h'; $hash{'i'} = 'j';
or the seemingly ineffecient (?)
my @vals = qw( f h j ); my $i = 0; $hash{$_} = $vals[$i++] foreach qw( e g i );
also, how about combining hashes? If not, what method is best for this? Would it be prudent to overload operators to include this kind of functionality (., .=) for hashes?

This is mostly just to satisfy curiosity and, of course, to learn as much as possible :)

Thanks!
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In reply to Concerning hash operations (appending, concatenating) by RazorbladeBidet

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