in reply to Re: Testing array of hash values
in thread Testing array of hash values

He may have been trying for:

my %p; @p{ qw( eyes hair etc ) } = ( undef ) x 3;

Of course that's crufty in that you have to hard code in the number of elements.

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Re: Another posible initializer
by dvergin (Monsignor) on Dec 11, 2001 at 07:47 UTC
    my %p; @p{'eyes', 'hair', 'etc'} = ();
    is a common idiom for using a hash slice to load a hash with keys and undef values.

      You're quite right. I was thinking more of:

      my %p; @p{ qw( a b c ) } = (1)x3;
      where you're initializing to a given value (like 1 or "on") rather than undef.

        Yes indeedy. So then, to complete this exercise and return to your very legitimate concern above about maintaining this code if the number of arguments changes, we can use:
        my %p; my @keys = qw( a b c ); @p{@keys} = (1) x @keys;
        and slice assignment will take care of itself if we change the key list.