in reply to Data::Dumper in reference to Hashes

I don't know, the first sentence in the Data::Dumper page seems pretty clear to me:

Data::Dumper - stringified perl data structures, suitable for both printing and eval

Stringified may not be a real word, but it means "turned into a string" (which according to the Oxford Dictionary, is "a linear sequence of characters, words, or other data").

Perl Data Structure is pretty straightforward - it's a structured hunk of data in perl.

Suitable for printing means you can print it.

Suitable for eval means you can copy and paste it as valid perl code.

Try a few things:

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dumper; my %hash = ( 'test' => 'one', 'next' => 'two' ); print Dumper \%hash; __OUTPUT__ $VAR1 = { 'next' => 'two', 'test' => 'one' };

s**lil*; $*=join'',sort split q**; s;.*;grr; &&s+(.(.)).+$2$1+; $; = qq-$_-;s,.*,ahc,;$,.=chop for split q,,,reverse;print for($,,$;,$*,$/)