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Re: do not understand grep example

by moritz (Cardinal)
on Jun 15, 2012 at 17:29 UTC ( #976466=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to do not understand grep example

thought maybe it calls the subroutine with the entire list (even though this is not how grep is supposed to work),

No, it does not. It calls the subroutine for every value in the list, and only returns if the subroutine returns a true value.

So you could also write

my @odd_digit_sum = grep digit_sum_is_odd($_), @input numbers;


my @odd_digit_sum; for (@input) { if (digit_sum_is_odd($_)) { push @odd_digit_sum, $_; } }

and it would return the same result. That's what grep does: it goes through the list, calls the function for every value, and collect those values for which the function returned something true.

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