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Re: Recursion Confusion

by Laurent_R (Monsignor)
on Apr 27, 2013 at 10:17 UTC ( #1030942=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Recursion Confusion

Well, to understand recursion, you first need... to understand recursion. ;-)

More seriously, various useful and valuable suggestions have been made by others above, like using the Devel::Trace module or adding useful print statements to follow what is going on. Another way to try to understand this type of things, that I am using quite frequently when I have trouble to understand how a program works, is to run the program step by step under the Perl debugger. The most useful options to start with may be s, c, n and r to control the flow of your program, p and x to print the value of variables or expressions, and w to add a watch on a variable. Use the h option (help) to better understand what these other options do. Or type perldoc perldebug for more help on the debugger.

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