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Re^2: Correct idiom for default parameters

by mrider (Beadle)
on Apr 28, 2010 at 17:41 UTC ( #837358=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Correct idiom for default parameters
in thread Correct idiom for default parameters

Ack! 5.8.8 here (sigh).

Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Re^3: Correct idiom for default parameters
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Apr 28, 2010 at 19:00 UTC

    This is 5.8 accessible and might even be more palatable?

    Updated per LanX's correction below.

    sub test{ my( $p1, $p2, $p3) = map{ scalar @_ ? shift : $_ }( 1, 2, 3 ); print "p1:$p1; p2:$p2; p3:$p3"; };; test();; p1:1; p2:2; p3:3 test( 'a' );; p1:a; p2:2; p3:3 test( 'a', 'b', 'c' );; p1:a; p2:b; p3:c

    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
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      careful!

      passing undef in between will break your idiom.

      IMHO better check scalar @_ or care explicitly about passing undef !

      sub defaults { my( $p1, $p2, $p3) = map{ defined $_[0] ? shift : $_ }( 1, 2, 3 ); + print "p1:$p1; p2:$p2; p3:$p3\n"; }; defaults(undef, 0, 0);

      Cheers Rolf

        Sorry, I don't follow?

        Passing undef gives exactly the effect I would expect and desire. That of accepting the default for that parameter:

        test( 'a', undef, 'c' );; p1:a; p2:2; p3:c

        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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