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Re^3: Send e-mail using perl

by Anonymous Monk
on Aug 07, 2012 at 14:53 UTC ( #986010=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Send e-mail using perl
in thread Send e-mail using perl

It's the old Perl4-style sub call syntax, and means "ignore prototype" and (if no arguments are passed), "make current @_ visible to subroutine" (perlsub)

Its use is discouraged but it doesn't seem to be harmful. Personally, I just view it as ugly and a hint that "this user learned Perl from tutorials written in 1995"

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Re^4: Send e-mail using perl
by Jenda (Abbot) on Aug 07, 2012 at 22:56 UTC

    The prototypes are fine, it's the "current @_" that I meant. There's a big and likely hard to debug difference between &foo(); and &foo;.

    Enoch was right!
    Enjoy the last years of Rome.

Re^4: Send e-mail using perl
by flexvault (Monsignor) on Aug 07, 2012 at 17:21 UTC


    And if the user started using Perl in 1996, then I would expect that to be true!

    "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

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