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in thread J2SE 5.0 new features are just sugar from Perl (and other similar languages).

What was the date/version hashes came to Perl ?

Would the associative containers that come in C++ count ? They were formally made part of the C++ standard in 1994. And Stepanov (one of the HP researchers who developed the STL) had been publishing papers on generic programming since at least 1982 - only 4 years after Kernigan and Ritchie published "The C Programming Language".

use brain;

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Re^3: New Perl Features are Just Sugar From Language X
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Oct 13, 2004 at 08:01 UTC

    My Perl experience only goes back as far as 5.6.1, you'll need merlyn or one of the others with the Knowledge of the Ancients (sorry, too much Stargate :), for the answer to your question. I pretty sure that P4 had hashes, but I don;t even know when that came into being.

    I do know that REXX had associative arrays way back in 1987. That was my first encounter with them, and I remember thinking that the were bloody nearly magical before I read up on hashing and hashing algorithms.


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