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Your approach is really good if, all in all, what you need is to always reach the leaves of the tree --your structure is tree-like in fact

But, say you have a three-level hash. If you need to get an hash that lies in the middle, say /a/b your code soon gets complicated, while with real HoH you could simply write something like %b = %{$a->{b}}

But if you are ready to pay the tradeoff of slowness and complicateness, you probabily want to write a "driver" object, maybe one that you could tie your hashes to: you keep working with HoH on the front-end, and get with a flat hash on the back-end. But I'm not a tie expert so I can't tell if it is possible at all :-)

Cheers!
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In reply to Re: flattening Complex Datastructures by bronto
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