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Why is the -> necessary in $source->{$node}

Because $source is a (hash) reference and it needs to be dereferenced.

and why the %$ and @$ symbols instead of just % and @?

Because the symbols are still simply % and @, but now you're using them to dereference something that is held in a scalar, which is prefixed by the $ sigil: this is another method for dereferencing, and in its full blown form it should be:

%{ $hashref }

But in this simple case the curlies can be omitted. In more complex contructs, they cannot.


In reply to Re: The Drivel is in the Details by blazar
in thread The Drivel is in the Details by dalgetty

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