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Some old PM nodes I remember that seem relevant:

From The Lighter Side of Perl Culture (Part IV): Golf, some "hidden golfing features":

Golfing Technique Inventor Year ----------------- -------- ---- @{[]} aka ??? The Larry or 1994 The Schwartz }{ aka eskimo greeting The Abigail late 1990s ~~ aka inchworm ??? ~- aka inchworm-on-a-stick The Hospel 2002 $_ x= boolean expression The Larry early 1990s y///c aka Abigail's Length Horror The Hall 1996 stuff value into $\ for printing The van der Pijll 2001 }for(...){ variation of eskimo The Hospel 2001 --$| magical flip-flop The Hospel 2002 \$h{X} is one less than ++$h{X} aka Thelen's Device The Thelen 2002 -i and $^I for data value The Sperling 2002

Update: BooK has recently popularized a new set of secret operators, the screwdriver operators:

-=! and -=!! - flathead +=! and +=!! - phillips *=! and *=!! - torx x=! and x=!! - pozidriv (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozidriv) This is a conditional "set to empty string" operator (the string equivalent of the torx): $x x=!! $y is same as $x = '' unless $y; $x x=! $y -- $x = '' if $y;
These screwdriver operators follow on from earlier secret operator work, such as Dmitry Karasik's original set of "!"-based secret operators and BooK's flaming X-wing operator (@data{@fields} =<>=~ $re).

March 2012 Update: BooK at it again, this time proposing a new sperm secret operator. An alternative name is the "kite" secret operator.

From BooK "perlsecret - Perl secret operators and constants" draft man page:

Perl secret operators:

Operator Nickname Function ================================================ 0+ Venus numification @{[ ]} Babycart list interpolation !! Bang bang boolean conversion }{ Eskimo greeting END block for one-liners ~~ Inchworm scalar ~- Inchworm on a stick high-precedence decrement -~ Inchworm on a stick high-precedence increment -+- Space station high-precedence numification =( )= Goatse scalar / list context =< >=~ Flaming X-Wing match input and assign captures ~~<> Sperm <<m=~>> m ; Ornate double-bladed sword -=! -=!! Flathead +=! +=!! Phillips x=! x=!! Pozidriv *=! *=!! Torx

Perl secret constants:

Constant Nickname Value ================================================= <=><=><=> Space fleet 0 <~> Amphisbaena $ENV{HOME}

See also BooK proposes a new Perl secret operator.


In reply to Re: Hidden features of Perl by eyepopslikeamosquito
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