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in reply to What operator should perl5porters use for safe dereferencing?

I'm also going with ~>. Visually the squiggle (tilde), to me, looks like a "tentative dereference".

Btw, I really can't wait. I'll be able to pull horrible hacky code such as:

package MyApp::Universal; use warnings; use strict; use Try::Tiny; sub deref { # # Weak linear dereferencing. $foo->deref('bar','baz') # is almost like $foo->bar->baz except we'll # return undef rather than barfing if 'foo' # or 'bar' evaulate to undef. # if (@_ >= 2) { my $ref = shift; my $deref = shift; return unless defined $ref && defined $deref && try {$ref->can('isa')}; return deref($ref->$deref => @_); } elsif (@_) { return shift; } else { return; } }
They I can go through my code and refactor....
$obj->deref(qw(foo bar baz));
as....
$obj~>foo~>bar~>baz;
Update Also look forward to be able to do...
$href~>{foo}~>[$bar]~>{baz};
...when I don't want autovivification.