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Me? I want the colon operator CGI:new:param('colon');

But seriously, I don't mind . in other languages, but in perl? It makes me queasy

OTOH, what would be safe dereference?
 -. $rock-.()-.the-.kasbah(); $rock-.  ()-.  the-.   kasbah();
 ~. $rock~.()~.the~.kasbah(); $rock~.  ()~.  the~.   kasbah();
 &. $rock&.()&.the&.kasbah(); $rock&.  ()&.  the&.   kasbah();
 ?. $rock?.()?.the?.kasbah(); $rock?.  ()?.  the?.   kasbah();
 +. $rock+.()+.the+.kasbah(); $rock+.  ()+.  the+.   kasbah();
 !. $rock!.()!.the!.kasbah(); $rock!.  ()!.  the!.   kasbah();
 -.. $rock-..()-..the-..kasbah(); $rock-.. ()-.. the-..  kasbah();
 -.-. $rock-.-.()-.-.the-.-.kasbah(); $rock-.-.()-.-.the-.-. kasbah();
 ==. $rock==.()==.the==.kasbah(); $rock==. ()==. the==.  kasbah();
 ?-. $rock?-.()?-.the?-.kasbah(); $rock?-. ()?-. the?-.  kasbah();
 -.? $rock-.?()-.?the-.?kasbah(); $rock-.? ()-.? the-.?  kasbah();
 &-. $rock&-.()&-.the&-.kasbah(); $rock&-. ()&-. the&-.  kasbah();
 &&-. $rock&&-.()&&-.the&&-.kasbah(); $rock&&-.()&&-.the&&-. kasbah();
 -&. $rock-&.()-&.the-&.kasbah(); $rock-&. ()-&. the-&.  kasbah();
 -&&. $rock-&&.()-&&.the-&&.kasbah(); $rock-&&.()-&&.the-&&. kasbah();
 -.& $rock-.&()-.&the-.&kasbah(); $rock-.& ()-.& the-.&  kasbah();
 -.&& $rock-.&&()-.&&the-.&&kasbah(); $rock-.&&()-.&&the-.&& kasbah();
 -=. $rock-=.()-=.the-=.kasbah(); $rock-=. ()-=. the-=.  kasbah();
 =-. $rock=-.()=-.the=-.kasbah(); $rock=-. ()=-. the=-.  kasbah();
 ?. $rock?.()?.the?.kasbah(); $rock?.  ()?.  the?.   kasbah();
 ?-. $rock?-.()?-.the?-.kasbah(); $rock?-. ()?-. the?-.  kasbah();
 ?-.: $rock?-.:()?-.:the?-.:kasbah(); $rock?-.:()?-.:the?-.: kasbah();
 ~.: $rock~.:()~.:the~.:kasbah(); $rock~.: ()~.: the~.:  kasbah();

$f.{a}.{b}.{c} $f->{a}->{b}->{c} $f->{a}{b}{c} $$f->{a}{b}{c} $f.{a}{b}{c}

I hope I muddied the waters some :)

In reply to Re: Thoughts on replacing -> with . (safe dereference) by Anonymous Monk
in thread Thoughts on replacing -> with . by Aaronrp

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