Usually, when faced with requirements like these, I grab the various “columns” into hash buckets, just so that I can easily refer to them by name. (I also use use constant to define those names in the code.)
Then, when it comes time to actually generate an array out of the thing, I simply iterate through a qw// list of those strings, so that it is the order of the entries in this list (effortlessly changed to suit the present whim of the marketing department ...) that defines the column-order. You can rearrange them to your heart’s content and nothing else happens throughout the code.
By contrast, if you try to use actual array-indices ... well, the day will come when the third change of the day happens and “you miss just one of them ...”
Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
Please read these before you post! —
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
- a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
| & || & |
| < || < |
| > || > |
| [ || [ |
| ] || ] ||