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Re: Questions about curious idiom seen in package

by AnomalousMonk (Bishop)
on Feb 18, 2019 at 00:35 UTC ( #1230057=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Questions about curious idiom seen in package

... does this leading "undef" really do anything?

It does nothing. It is a compulsive programming tick akin to
    my $scalar = undef;
    my @array = ();
    my %hash = ();
In the latter two cases, I can barely see some occasional justification for the practice because it may relieve the onerous burden of having to write a comment like
    my @ra;  # this array will remain empty until something is put into it

Give a man a fish:  <%-{-{-{-<

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Re^2: Questions about curious idiom seen in package
by karlgoethebier (Monsignor) on Feb 18, 2019 at 15:35 UTC
    “It does nothing”.

    Probably the best behavior for “something” (or how ever you may call it) in Perl.

    May be this is the best thread so far in this year. It made my day. Best regards, Karl

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

    perl -MCrypt::CBC -E 'say Crypt::CBC->new(-key=>'kgb',-cipher=>"Blowfish")->decrypt_hex($ENV{KARL});'Help

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