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Re^3: Heisenberg Uncertainty Hash

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 27, 2005 at 09:04 UTC ( [id://451869]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Heisenberg Uncertainty Hash
in thread Heisenberg Uncertainty Hash

Putting an exists there, (exists $hash{'d'}->{'value'}) still autovivificates $hash{'d'}. This might be surprising, but it is logical. After all, you are enquiring about the hash %{$hash{'d'}} (asking whether it contains the key 'd'). Since that hash doesn't exists yet, Perl does what it always does in that case: it creates it.

If you want to cover all your bases, and make sure no hash gets created as a side effect, be more explicite:

if (exists $hash{'d'} && ref $hash{'d'} eq "HASH" && exists $hash{ +'d'}->{value}) { ... }

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