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Re: need an explanation

by choroba (Chancellor)
on Sep 22, 2013 at 21:55 UTC ( #1055203=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to need an explanation

The first line is equivalent to
@a = ('a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e');

qw just "quotes words".

The second line is usually written as

$b = @a;

or, for more clarity,

$b = scalar @a;

Perl is sensitive to context. By assigning to a scalar value, you impose the scalar context on the right hand side of the assignment. Arrays return their size (number of elements) in scalar context. Using = () = here has no effect and is only confusing. Update: It is usually used to force list context, for example

$x = () = "abcdABCabA" =~ /a/ig; # Count A's regardless of case.
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[Discipulus]: Corion are you would able to realize such thing? O_O
[Corion]: In the same vein I have a script that automates Firefox to enter some data into another system. It's not faster than the people using the script if they were to do it manually, but they prefer not having to check the data and not having typos when ...
[Corion]: ... entering the data
[Corion]: Discipulus: I don't know whether I could really do that, but the init process itself mostly launches other processes, and the whole startup is just following a path of dependencies and making sure they are all running. Which basically is what ...
[Discipulus]: when at work my time is (temporarly) owned by the firm, so i do not care (coworkers whatch movies.. I code Perl)
[Corion]: ... make already does, except for files instead of programs. But maybe with some /proc hackery, that could be eliminated and one could use plain make :-D
[choroba]: systemd just makes is asynchronous
[choroba]: so, make -j
[Corion]: Discipulus: Yeah - but when writing Perl to save time (instead of having fun), it helps to look whether you're actually saving time ;) Why spend 5 minutes doing manually what you can spend three years automating? ;)
[Corion]: choroba: Oh, yeah :-D

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