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It's quite common when outputting tabular data (be it CSV, or an HTML table) to ensure that column headers are printed once by using something along the lines of:

sub arrayref_to_csvline { ... } my $headers; while (my $row = $iter->()) { unless ($headers) { print arrayref_to_csvline($row->fields); $headers = 1; } print arrayref_to_csvline($row->values); }

I recently discovered a pattern that takes advantage of the return value of print (it returns 1 on success)...

sub arrayref_to_csvline { ... } my $headers; while (my $row = $iter->()) { $headers ||= print arrayref_to_csvline($row->fields); print arrayref_to_csvline($row->values); }

... just thought I'd share.

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