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Re^2: Assign & substitute in one statement?

by Aragorn (Curate)
on Jun 14, 2004 at 11:23 UTC ( #366499=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Assign & substitute in one statement?

Sure, just write parens in their precedence-adjusting role
...and their list context inducing role.


Update: edan is right. I was thinking about the m// operator which does return the matched subexpressions in list context.

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Re^3: Assign & substitute in one statement?
by edan (Curate) on Jun 14, 2004 at 12:44 UTC

    I had to think about it for a minute, and reread parts of the perlop manpage, but Zaxo is right, and you're wrong. Sorry.

    The s/// operator always returns the number of substitutions made, regardless of context. The parentheses here are indeed adjusting the precedence, because normally the =~ operator binds more tightly than assignment operators, = in this case. That's why without parens you first do the substitution, then assign the result to the variable. Putting the parens around the assignment forces that to happen first. In comes the handy lvalue property of assignment, so modifying the assignment with =~ has the effect of modifying the left-hand argument of the assignment. In the words of perlop:

    Modifying an assignment is equivalent to doing the assignment and then modifying the variable that was assigned to.


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