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I learned something about pack/unpack writing Updated QuickTime format movie file dumper. But the cool thing I learned writing that code was using can to assist in the context of a "dispatch by name":

my $member = "dump_$key"; my $name = "name_$key"; $name = $self->can($name) ? $self->$name () . ' ' : ''; ... if ($self->can($member)) { $self->$member ($pos, $len);

$key is an "atom" code from the file being parsed. If there is a handler for the atom $self->$member dispatches to the code to handle it. One neat thing about this is that a derived class can add handlers and the parser just takes it all in its stride. I reckon that's pretty cool - perhaps even elegant. :)

One way to do a binary conversion is:

my $str = '001100010011001100110001'; my $value = pack ('B*', $str); print $value;

DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

In reply to Re^3: What I Most Recently Learned in Perl, But Should Have Already Known by GrandFather
in thread What I Most Recently Learned in Perl, But Should Have Already Known by liverpole

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