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> I've thought a little about using the dual nature of variables in some perl code, but haven't actually taken the plunge

I'm not sure if it's a good idea. Perl is adjusting the slots to each other depending on use history.

Hence you'd magically loose information, and I'm not aware of a way to inhibit this.

That's awfully hard to debug if it happens.

(will add an example later)

Playing around, look at what happens at line 7

DB<3> use Scalar::Util qw(dualvar); DB<4> $v = dualvar 137, 'Buster'; DB<5> p "$v" Buster DB<6> p 0+$v 137 DB<7> p $v++ # read string, increment number Buster DB<8> p $v++ # what...? 138 DB<9> p "$v" 139 DB<10>

after incrementing $v, i.e. changing it in numeric context, the string-slot is adjusted to the number-slot°

So can this only happen when I change one of the slots?

If yes, shouldn't such dualvars always been made readonly, too?

Hope you understand my worries.

Cheers Rolf
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°) or some flags are changed. Who knows....

FWIW: a very good article from Brian here:

In reply to Re^2: Dualvar via table by LanX
in thread Dualvar via table by Dirk80

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