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I am currently working on my first OO project and would like to be able to do something like $record->Print; and have it correctly output the record in the proper format. Unfortunately, the object is stored in a hash - and we know that the hash typically comes out differently than the order it went in.

For complete details on the OO project, you can take a look at this link or you can just readmore for the output format I am looking for:

key : /C=US/A=BOGUS/P=ABC+DEF/O=CONN/OU=VALUE1/S=Region/G= +Limbi c/I=_/ type : UR flags : DIRM ADMINM ADIC ADIM Alias-2 : wL_Region Alias-3 : Limbic Region Alias-4 : Alias-5 : Limbic._.Region Alias-6 : Alias-7 : ORG Alias-8 : CMP Alias-10 : O=ORG/OU=Some Big Division/CN=Limbic _. Region Alias-11 : Region Alias-12 : Region, Limbic _ Alias-14 : Limbic _. Region at WT-CONN Alias-15 : ex:/o=BLANK/ou=ORG/cn=Recipients/cn=Mailboxes/cn=LRe +gion Alias-16 : WT:Limbic_Region Alias-17 : Alias-18 : /o=A.B.C.D./ou=Vermont Ave/cn=Recipients/cn=wt/cn=Li +mbic_Regi on Full Name : Region, Limbic _. Post Office : WT-CONN Description : 999-555-1212 Some Big Company Tel : 999-555-1212 Dept : Some Big Division Location : EMWS Address : 123 nowhere street City : everywhere State : MD Zip Code : 20874 Building : BLAH Building-Code : MD-ABC owner : CONN

What I have currently looks something like this:

sub Print { my $hashref = shift; my ($key) = keys %{$hashref}; # @Parameters truncated for posting purposes only my @parameters = ('key','type','flags','Alias-2','Zip Code','Build +ing','Owner') foreach my $parm (@parameters) { next unless ($hashref->{$key}->{$parm}); my $value; if ($parm eq 'key') { $value = $key; } else { $value = $hashref->{$key}->{$parm}; } if (length($value) >= 62) { printf("%-16s: %s\n\t%s\n",$parm,substr($value,0,62),subst +r($value,62)); } else { printf("%-16s: %s\n",$parm,$value); } } }

My question - is there a better/smarter way to do this? I guess what I am asking is there a generic way to template hash output that I am unaware of? Since this is my first OO project, I really didn't know what I was getting into. I think if I were to start over, I would make my object a complex array instead of hash. Is that also the wrong approach?

Thanks in advance - L~R

In reply to Printing a hash in a specific order? by Limbic~Region

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