I am curious to know who exactly you're responding to here.
The ternary operator is not overly advanced at all. Any Perl programmer who is even low-mid level advanced (at minimum) can see it in a heartbeat. If you haven't seen it before, it may often be seen multi-line like this:
..or even like this:
for precedence sake (as shown in the man page). Going off as you have is ridiculous. You say "there are a lot of very good coders out there who can look at a bit of compact code they wrote 2 (sic) years ago and see it's (sic) purpose and complexities at a glance" and then you say "however most of us humble mortals need time to figure these things out...".
First, I am but a humble mortal, and I don't even consider myself a good coder, but I sure can remember this type of snippet with no question. Not only that, but I'm willing to bet that any one of my 'humble mortal' monks who have been around even as long as I have would know what this type of *idiom* looks like.
I don't normally call someone out like this, but wow, who are you trying to defend, and more importantly... do you realize who you're putting down?
ps. If you want something more simplistic, ask for it. If you *know* there is something more simplistic, why are you complaining... seems to me that if you know in advance, you must know for yourself.
what are you looking for... this?