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Re^2: do $n exist in grep?

by Marshall (Canon)
on May 12, 2021 at 16:19 UTC ( #11132500=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: do $n exist in grep?
in thread do $n exist in grep?

ikegami you are definitely a "blackbelt".

I expanded your code to show relevance to the OP's question.
Your map shows something that took me a long time to figure out,
how to return "nothing" from a map{}!

use strict; use warnings; my @x = ("aaBxyz", "..Bxys", "bbxyzzy", "xxAx"); my @result = map { /^..(A|B)./ ? [ $1, $_ ] : () } @x; # @result is a "2-d array", references to "rows of array" # I swapped $1 and $_ because I thought the print out looked better # Of course every map{} can be expressed as a for loop... foreach my $row_ref (@result) { print "@$row_ref\n"; } =PRINTS: B aaBxyz B ..Bxys A xxAx =cut
I think this code is well past what the OP wanted.

ADDED: If the OP wants a subset of something, think GREP. If the OP wants to transform an input into something else, think MAP.

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Re^3: do $n exist in grep?
by davido (Cardinal) on May 12, 2021 at 16:58 UTC

    I use a similar idiom in formulating a return responses or external calls, sometimes:

    my ($stdout, $stderr, $ret) = capture { system('foo', ($somearg ? ('--somearg' => $somearg ) : ()), ($otherarg ? ('--otherarg' => $otherarg) : ()), ); };


    return { status => $s, ($optional_field ? (optional_field => $optional_field) : ()), };

    Caveat emptor. The need to do either of these may constitute code smell, but sometimes purity has to give way to get it done-ery.


      It's also possible to shorten the lines with
      ('--somearg' => $somearg ) x !! $somearg, ('--otherarg' => $otherarg) x !! $otherarg,

      but only if the left hand side of x doesn't have any side-effects (because unlike the ternary operator, foo() x 0 still calls foo).

      See also PerlX::Maybe.

      map{substr$_->[0],$_->[1]||0,1}[\*||{},3],[[]],[ref qr-1,-,-1],[{}],[sub{}^*ARGV,3]

        That's interesting. I'm not sure it qualifies as coding for clarity, but perhaps neither does my example.


      return { status => $s, ($optional_field ? (optional_field => $optional_field) : ()), };
      I personally would not make a hash key optional like that.
      I would always return the hash key and then an undef value for that key if it is not valid.
      But as is often said "there is more than one way to do it".
      It could also be that I haven't thought this completely through and haven't considered what
      the calling code looks like and how it processes this returned info.

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