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How do I make an array of hashes?

by vroom (Pope)
on Jan 12, 2000 at 00:34 UTC ( #1976=categorized question: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
Contributed by vroom on Jan 12, 2000 at 00:34 UTC
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Answer: How do I make an array of hashes?
contributed by chromatic

my @array = ( { 'name' => 'Chuck', 'job' => 'roustabout', }, { 'name' => 'CowboyNeal', 'job' => 'code monkey', }, );
You can also use normal array operations (such as push) to modify an array:
push @array, { 'name' => 'vroom', 'job' => 'stacking blocks' }; print $array[0]->{name};
See perlman:perldsc for more information.
Answer: How do I make an array of hashes?
contributed by fx

If the hash has already been created, you can store references to the hash in arrays:

push(@array, \%some_hash);

and then when you pop them off:

$hash_ref = pop(@array);

you'll get a scalar back which can be dereferenced to get at the values of the hash:

$value = $hash_ref->{'key'};

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