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Re: return !!

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
on Mar 04, 2009 at 20:29 UTC ( #748311=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to return !!

I am suprised that no one mentioned why this convention exists. It is likely a candidate for a small "Perl Idioms Explained".

If you are only interested in the truth of an expression, you can save some cycles by not copying the entire data. In this case, I would have preferred return scalar @array because of the way perl handles truth.

Cheers - L~R

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Re^2: return !!
by ikegami (Patriarch) on Mar 04, 2009 at 20:33 UTC

    you can save some cycles by not copying the entire data.

    Since the context is surely scalar, it wouldn't copy the entire data anyway.

      I was speaking to the idiom not this specific example. For instance return $foo; where $foo is the contents of a large file. I also am not sure I agree that the author of the sub can be sure that the caller of the sub would be calling it in scalar context - making the explicit scalar useful.

      Cheers - L~R

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