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Re: Re (tilly) 1: When to use Prototypes?

by Masem (Monsignor)
on Nov 09, 2001 at 19:13 UTC ( #124378=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re (tilly) 1: When to use Prototypes?
in thread When to use Prototypes?

...or at least in Perl 5.

As pointed out in Apocolypse 2 (where's the danged thing on or Exegensis 2, perl 6 will have much better prototyping featurs, such that you can have something like:

# PERL 6!!!! @array1 = ( 1..5 ); @array2 = ( 6..10 ); do_array_magic( @array1, @array2 ); #... #... sub do_array_magic ( ARRAY $a, ARRAY $b ) { # @a is [ 1,2,3,4,5] # @b is [ 6,7,8,9,10 ] }
instead of
# PERL 5 @array1 = ( 1..5 ); @array2 = ( 6..10 ); do_array_magic( @array1, @array2 ); #... #... sub do_array_magic { (@a, @b) = @_; # @a is [1..10] # @b is empty. }

But prototyping in p5 is mearly a pain, and even if you do check the args by prototype, you still probably need a block of warn or die statements as you check arguments for validity at the start of the sub. So they mearly get in the way instead of being useful currently.

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