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Re: Hash Printing reveals Hash Memory Location

by tobyink (Abbot)
on Feb 03, 2012 at 01:04 UTC ( #951573=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Hash Printing reveals Hash Memory Location

You have:

my %words = {};

You want:

my %words = ();

Or better yet:

my %words;

Essentially in that first line, you're adding an entry to the hash where the key is a reference to an anonymous second hash, and the value is undefined. Because you can't use references as hash keys, the reference is stringified (which looks like a memory location).

In other words, my %words = {}; is basically a shorthand for:

my %words; my $ref_to_anon_hash = {}; $words{ $ref_to_anon_hash } = undef;

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Re^2: Hash Printing reveals Hash Memory Location
by perlStuck (Sexton) on Feb 03, 2012 at 01:08 UTC

    Ah. Thank you!

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