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Re: Playing with non-localized $_ in nested loops.

by melora (Scribe)
on Aug 23, 2004 at 15:37 UTC ( #385111=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Playing with non-localized $_ in nested loops.

This is highly educational for me, thanks very much for posting it. I must admit that I use $_ very sparingly, partly because I don't understand such things very well. I think it's also because of my longstanding habit of being very explicit (C, need I say more?). I'm still getting used to lines like
while (<>) { chomp; print $_, "\n"; }
because my old habits say "Where did $_ come from???" Going through such exercises as the above is helping me learn better, more Perlish ways.
I think it's fun and worthwhile to play with such things. And I'm not surprised at being confused on a Monday morning.

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Re^2: Playing with non-localized $_ in nested loops.
by QM (Parson) on Aug 23, 2004 at 22:06 UTC
    Don't be too quick to knock your approach. I find it useful in "real" programs to use a named variable to indicate to my reader (me in most cases :) what I expect that variable to represent. This is especially useful in nested constructs where $_'s semantics change as construct boundaries are crossed.

    And if I change a foreach (...) to a while (...), the magic of $_ disappears, and I might introduce bugs similar to gaal's example.

    Sometimes using explicit variables helps you find logic errors too.

    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

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