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Re^2: Assign multiple scalars the same value

by diotalevi (Canon)
on Jan 24, 2005 at 22:55 UTC ( #424730=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Assign multiple scalars the same value
in thread Assign multiple scalars the same value

This solution is less good than simply assigning the value to each variable separately in my $a = my $b = my $c = 'TRUE' because it avoids having to count how many variables you have. In your code, if you got the number wrong then the trailing variables will be left undefined which is far and away from the intent to leave them with a true value. You're making it easy to write in a bug later.

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Re^3: Assign multiple scalars the same value
by xdg (Monsignor) on Jan 25, 2005 at 19:44 UTC

    Good point. One could always do this:

    use Want 'howmany'; my ($a, $b, $c) = &{ sub{ (1) x howmany } };

    Not sure if that's shorter/better than other solutions (plus requires Want), but it's another way of keeping the number of variables in sync.


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