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I prefer to solve such problems using a Finite-State Machine (FSM) algorithm, because it represents a generalized and easily-adaptable approach to the problem.

For example, from an initial state (that is to say, “while not in final state ...”), you read a line and have one of three possibilities:   end-of-file, a blank string, or not-all-blanks.   That would lead to final, skip_blanks, or first_string.   And so on.   The FSM can be drawn out on a piece of paper as the WikiPedia article describes.   When you determine (on paper) that the graph is entirely correct, the programming is a snap.

Since the FSM graph can be tricky to correctly design, I suggest that you build a test-suite using e.g. Test::Most to prove that it works as intended in all cases.


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in thread Clubbing array elements together: by newbie1991

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