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Re: local() for scalar file slurping

by revdiablo (Prior)
on Jul 29, 2006 at 15:44 UTC ( #564539=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to local() for scalar file slurping

How did I never read anything about the usefulness of local() for such purposes before this? Am I living under a rock?

Indeed, I was blind to local for much of my early Perl years (yes, I literally mean years) also. I read the warnings to never use it, and I took them dead seriously. Once I started toying more, though, I found that there are indeed some good uses of local. I consider what you've shown one of them.

Another one is that you can localize a particular element in an array or a hash. Much as with local in general, this has many bad uses and a few good ones, but it's still a neat trick. Example:

my %hash = qw(one 1 two 2); { local $hash{one} = $hash{one}; $_++ for values %hash; print "$hash{one} $hash{two}\n"; # prints "2 3" } print "$hash{one} $hash{two}\n"; # prints "1 3"

Notice the change to $hash{two} is permanent, but the change to $hash{one} is localized. Pretty cool, eh?

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