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Re^7: regex syntax and idomatic Perl

by cbeckley (Curate)
on Mar 23, 2017 at 14:44 UTC ( #1185638=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^6: regex syntax and idomatic Perl
in thread regex syntax and idomatic Perl

Ah, I think I see (again). So, in the for loop, $_ is an alias to the same memory location as the element in the list being looped over. If that memory location is occupied by something that is semantically an lvalue, then $_ behaves as if it were a C pointer, which is to say, behaves just like the thing it's pointing to. If the memory location is not an lvalue, then $_ does not behave like a C pointer, but still behaves like the thing it's pointing to.
Is that right?

I have to stop trying to understand the mechanics of Perl in terms of C.
<Insert Yoda quote here.>
So, $_ is imbued with the semantic context of the thing that occupies the memory location to which it points. Still thinking in C, clearly ...

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