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length of string in array

by SavannahLion (Pilgrim)
on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:16 UTC ( [id://1183197]=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

After three days of trying to track down an annoying bug, I finally traced it to this innocuous line, I stripped all the cruft out:

my @t = qw/aA bB cC dD eE fF gG hH iI jJ kK lL mMmM nN oO pP qQ rR sS +tT uU vV wW xX yY Zz/; my $x = 0; $x = length for @t[0 .. 1]; print $x;

What the code is supposed to do is print out "4". Instead it prints out "2". Clearly there is something amiss here.

What I thought the code does is get a slice of @t, loop through the sliced elements in @t, get the length of each one and assign the sum to $x.

I've tweaked this portion of my code for three days and I can't seem to get it behaving right. Ironically, I've actually gotten similar (albeit more convoluted code) actually working in different language. So there is clearly some nuance I'm missing here.

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Re: length of string in array
by 1nickt (Canon) on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:27 UTC

    Hi SavannahLion,

    You are reassigning to $x each time through the loop. Add to it instead:

    $x += length for @t[0..1];

    Hope this helps!


    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.

      Aaagghh! I was so focused on trying to figure out why length for @t[0 .. 1] wasn't working as it should that I completely overlooked the assignment!
      So much time wasted!

      Sigh... many thanks

Re: length of string in array
by AnomalousMonk (Archbishop) on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:52 UTC

    And if you actually want to use a (completely supererogatory) List::Util::sum() function:

    c:\@Work\Perl\monks>perl -wMstrict -le "use List::Util qw(sum); ;; my @t = qw/aA bB cC dD eE fF/; my $x = sum map length, @t[0 .. 1]; print $x; " 4


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Re: length of string in array
by GotToBTru (Prior) on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:28 UTC

    I don't see any summing going on. Perhaps:

    $x += length for @t[0..1];
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