Forcing a list into scalar context returns its last
Um, no. Make that NO. (:
Constructs that would return a list of scalars if
used in a list context may or may not return the last
scalar of that list if used in a scalar context.
I choose that wording very carefully as the word "list" is
not narrowly defined for Perl and can mean any number of
things (despite the fact that "scalar", "scalar context",
and "list context" are all clearly defined for Perl).
Many constructs do behave this way (one reason for
the persistent nature of this myth). In particular, an
array slice behaves precisely this way. So, if you actually
did have a scalar context here, then your conclusion would
be correct even though your reasoning was flawed.
(but my friends call me "Tye")
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