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OK, so as not to disappoint...

Introducing Acme::Asplode: it lets you drag your caller's lexical variables kicking and screaming into your sub. Ought to work in Perl 5.12+.

package Acme::Asplode; use 5.012; use strict; use warnings; use Keyword::Simple (); use PadWalker (); use Text::Balanced (); use Carp; sub import { Keyword::Simple::define asplode => sub { my $ref = shift; $$ref =~ s/^\s+//; my $extracted; if ($$ref =~ /^\(/) { $extracted = Text::Balanced::extract_bracketed($$ref) or croak "usage: asplode (VARIABLES);"; $extracted =~ s/(^\(|\)$)//g; } else { ($extracted, $$ref) = ($$ref =~ /^([^;]+)(;.*)$/s) or croak "usage: asplode VARIABLES;"; } (my $globs = $extracted) =~ s/[\$\%\@]/*/g; $$ref = "our($extracted); local($globs) = Acme::Asplode::_call +back(q($extracted));$$ref"; } } sub unimport { Keyword::Simple::undefine asplode => (); } sub _callback { my $vars = shift; $vars =~ s/(^\s*|\s*$)//g; my @vars = split /\s*,\s*/, $vars; my $MY = PadWalker::peek_my(2); my $OUR = PadWalker::peek_our(2); return map { exists $MY->{$_} ? $MY->{$_} : exists $OUR->{$_} ? $OUR->{$_} : croak "asplode($_) failed; caller has no $_ defined"; } @vars; } 'ASPLODE!';

Example usage...

use 5.012; use strict; use warnings; use Acme::Asplode; sub bar { asplode($x, $y); # steal lexical variables from our caller! say $x; say $y; asplode @A, $z; # steal moar lexicals!!! say $z; $z++; # alter our caller's lexical variable!! say for @A; }; sub foo { my $x = 1; my $y = 2; my $z = 3; my @A = qw(a b c); bar(); say "Z is changed: $z"; } foo();

Update: Acme::Asplode, renamed Acme::Lexical::Thief is now on CPAN.

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In reply to Re^3: using eval or equivalent to automatically generate my statements by tobyink
in thread using eval or equivalent to automatically generate my statements by ISAI student

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