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That's a good example of using code refs, but it's not a closure. There are no private variables (unless I missed something there).

The anonymous routine (blessed or not) refers to a lexically-scoped variable in its enclosing scope. That lexically-scoped variable is magically kept alive (in the anonymous subroutine) after that enclosing scope has been exited. That is what makes an anonymous subroutine a closure.

sub makeAnonymousSub { sub { print "I am not a closure\n" } } sub makeClosure { my $x = shift; sub { print "I keep $x alive, thus I'm a closure\n" } }

Update: This is in agreement with perrin, btw. I'm just filling in some details...


In reply to Re: Re: (jeffa) Re: Why are closures cool, continued? by dws
in thread Why are closures cool, continued? by mr.dunstan

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