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If you felt brave enough you could combine the above with tie and then make all the tests transparent to your program.

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package Tie::Match; use strict; sub TIESCALAR { my ($class, $regex) = @_; return bless [undef, $regex], $class; } sub STORE { my ($self, $new) = @_; $self->[0] = $new =~ $self->[1] ? $new : undef; } sub FETCH { my ($self) = @_; return $_->[0]; } sub UNTIE { } sub DESTROY { } __END__ =head1 NAME Tie::Match - Tie a scalar that is undef when not matching a regex =head1 SYNOPSIS tie my $scalar, 'Tie::Match', qr/^[1-5]+$/; while ($scalar = <>) { if (defined $scalar) { print "Match: $scalar\n"; } else { print "No match.\n"; } } =head1 DESCRIPTION Ties a scalar. The scalar can be set, but will be undef if the new value does not match the given regex. =head1 URL http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=157404 =cut

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In reply to Re: Re: Detect presence of numbers 1-9 by Juerd
in thread Detect presence of numbers 1-9 by kiat

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