Lady_Aleena has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I haven't written perl in a while, so I've forgotten how to tell perl that 0 is valid to initialize a value.

The warning Use of uninitialized value is bugging me a lot. I don't like having any warnings.

I have a list of characters who have appeared in one or more books. There is one character whose first book notation is the number 0. The split on line 10 is said to be uninitialized. On line 12, $first_book in the $first_type is also uninitialized. On line 13, the removal of the non-digit characters in the $first_book, also says $first_book is an uninitialized value. That value is in fact initialized. Because the first book can contain alphabetical characters, I can't simply add a +0 to it.

Any suggestions on how to tell perl that 0 initializes the string?

I did not come up with this notation system, but I can't think of anything to replace it that won't make the data too long. I feel silly asking this, but I can't think of anything right now. Also, if you know who Bink is or recognize the titles of the novels and want to ask me what I am doing; please use PMs. Thanks! 8)

use strict; use warnings; my @novel_list = map { chomp $_; $_ } <DATA>; my $Bink_books = 'M1, M2, m3, m4, 6, m7, M9, m11, m13, 14, 17, m19, m2 +1, M22, m23, m31, 35, 36, m37, m40, m41'; my $Quan_books = '0'; for my $books ($Bink_books, $Quan_books) { my @novels = split(/, /, $books); # $books is initialized for Quan e +ven though the value is 0. my $first_book = $novels[0]; my $first_type = $first_book =~ /^M/ ? 'major' : $first_book =~ /^m/ + ? 'mentioned' : undef; $first_book =~ s/\D//g; my $first_novel = $novel_list[$first_book]; # was my $first_novel = +$novel_list->[$first_book]; print "$first_novel is the first novel the character was in.\n"; } __DATA__ Other source A Spell for Chameleon The Source of Magic Castle Roogna Centaur Aisle Ogre, Ogre Night Mare Dragon on a Pedestal Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn Golem in the Gears Vale of the Vole Heaven Cent Man from Mundania Isle of View Question Quest The Color of Her Demons Don't Dream Harpy Thyme Geis of the Gargoyle Roc and a Hard Place Yon Ill Wind Faun and Games Zombie Lover Xone of Contention The Dastard Swell Foop Up in a Heaval Cube Route Currant Events Pet Peeve Stork Naked Air Apparent Two to the Fifth Jumper Cable Knot Gneiss Well-Tempered Clavicle Luck of the Draw Esrever Doom Board Stiff Five Portraits Isis Orb Ghost Writer in the Sky
No matter how hysterical I get, my problems are not time sensitive. So, relax, have a cookie, and a very nice day!
Lady Aleena