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Re^4: Generating a List of numbers

by aaron_baugher (Curate)
on Feb 01, 2012 at 23:45 UTC ( #951318=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Generating a List of numbers
in thread Generating a List of numbers

You may think you want to have a loop inside a loop, but you really don't. Not with Perl. When a problem sounds like, "I want to look through file1 for records matching strings found in file2," the Perl programmer immediately thinks, "So I put the strings from file2 into a hash as the keys, and then loop through file1 checking to see if each line matches a key in my hash."

Perl's hashes just make that algorithm so handy that it doesn't make sense to do it with nested loops unless a hash won't work for some reason, which isn't the case here. Or unless your homework assignment says, "Do this with nested loops," in which case you need a new Perl teacher.

Aaron B.
My Woefully Neglected Blog, where I occasionally mention Perl.

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