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### How do i create array of arrays

 on Jan 13, 2001 at 03:25 UTC Need Help??

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I have two de refrenced arrays like \$a and \$b. Now i have to create another master dereferenced array with this two arrays. Can anyone help me. Thank You, - bari

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Re: How do i create array of arrays
by extremely (Priest) on Jan 13, 2001 at 08:05 UTC
my \$a = [ "mark", 1, 2, "three"]; #anon array my @b = ( "anon", 3, 4, "five"); #named array my \$b = [@b]; #anon array from named my \$c = [ \$a, [@b], \$b, [ "werd", 5, 6, "seven" ] ]; my @d = ( \$a, \$b, \$c->[3] ); print "\$d[2]->[3] and \$c->[3][3]\n";

Does that help? () make lists, [] make anon arrays, you can nest anon arrays easily to make nested structures.

Edited by davido to correct mismatched bracket types.

Re: How do i create array of arrays
by robsv (Curate) on Jan 17, 2001 at 00:18 UTC
# Create the arrays my \$a = [qw(one two three four)]; my \$b = [qw(red green blue)]; # Create the array of arrays my \$aoa = [\$a,\$b]; # Print each element foreach \$i (0..\$#{\$aoa}) { foreach \$j (0..\$#{\$aoa->[\$i]}) { print \$aoa->[\$i][\$j] . "\n"; } }
Re: How do i create array of arrays
by Adam (Vicar) on Jan 13, 2001 at 07:08 UTC
my @array = ( 1..3 ); my \$arrayRef = \@array; my @arrayOfArrays = (\$arrayRef); print \$arrayOfArrays[0]->[1];
I hope that helps.

{Editor note by davido: This approach is risky. For one thing, if @array ever changes, its changes will affect @arrayOfArrays. Thus, if you build up an array of arrays using this method inside of a loop, you could end up with multiple instances of the same @array, rather than multiple distinct and unique arrays as the contents of the @arrayOfArrays. Using my within the loop will create a new @array each time through, but better to be explicit about it rather than relying on lexical scoping which can confuse the reader later on.

Changing the second line to:

my @arrayRef = [@array];
will solve the potential problem.

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