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Re: A pair of "mathematical" attributes for arrays?

by tsee (Curate)
on Sep 11, 2007 at 09:48 UTC ( #638267=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A pair of "mathematical" attributes for arrays?

I'm not suggesting that you actually use this, but the following is a simple implementation of the :zero (here :ZeroDefault) attribute. It's intended to show you that what you would like to have is quite easy to implement in pure Perl without changing the interpreter at all or writing a single line of XS/C. All the usual attribute-gotchas apply. All the usual tie() gotchas apply, too. (Slowness, for example.)

#!/usr/bin/perl use 5.006; use strict; use warnings; package Attribute::Array::Zeroes; use Tie::Array; use base 'Tie::StdArray'; use Attribute::Handlers autotie => { '__CALLER__::ZeroDefault' => 'Attribute::Array::Zeroes' }; sub FETCH { my $return = $_[0]->[$_[1]]; return 0 if not defined $return; $return; } package main; #use Attribute::Array::Zeroes; my @x : ZeroDefault; print "This is zero, not undef: $x[4]\n"; $x[5] = 1; print "This, too: $x[0] and even this: $x[6]. This isn't: $x[5]\n";

Of course, this is just a hack and I haven't tested it thoroughly.


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[Lady_Aleena]: shmem, I already have the plugin installed, just not active.
[shmem]: if you have 1 optional argument, place that at the end of the list. If you have more, go for named parameters.
[Lady_Aleena]: 1 manditory, 2 optional.
[Discipulus]: my ($need,$opta,$optb ) = @_; .. if $opta..
[shmem]: all else leads to trouble, even if the third argument depends on the existence of the second. That may become brittle.
[Discipulus]: but if have case like subname(15,undef,3 ) maybe bettere named parameters
[Lady_Aleena]: I don't want to have to do: alpha_menu($hash, undef, $type);
[Lady_Aleena]: Or what Discipulus said.
[shmem]: Lady_Aleena: geany supports ctags.
[Discipulus]: a good compromise can be my ($need, $opts_ref) = @_ a scalar and an hash reference

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