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Re: Re: Re: Anyone use "xor" in conditionals?

by exussum0 (Vicar)
on Jul 14, 2003 at 16:29 UTC ( #274035=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Anyone use "xor" in conditionals?

Can you say that the internals of perl don't do the optimizations on user behalf? I'd hope that perl automatically thows out the expression w/o doing it fully if it finds out it's dead in the middle.

btw, your way is for those who don't have the concept, or truth table, memorized and reproduce it w/o thinking. Nothing wrong w/ it though.

Regardless, xor isn't something that is as easily applicapble such as, the plus operator or just the and operator.

Certain tools, for certain situations.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone use "xor" in conditionals?
by Excalibor (Pilgrim) on Jul 14, 2003 at 17:08 UTC

    I am sure the Perl internals don't optimize a lot of things, specially in examples like Abigail showed us how to reduce the number of % operations by a careful use of user shortcuts (instead of depending in Perls shortcut for logical operators)

    Well, actually, if I recall well, that's exactly the truth table for XOR:

    A B XOR 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0

    Ie. Either A is true and B is false, or B is true and it's A which is false. This form has the advantage over the other one than in the first part is true (ie. A and not B) there's no need to compute the second one (2 calculations, 1 per proposition). The first proposed form, which is a description of 'exclusive or' (ie. either A or B but not both at once) forces the evaluation of both parts (ie. Once proposition A and again A and proposition B to test the second one, which makes it 3. In the case it's neither A or B it shortcircuits sooner, that's right, and if A is false, then propositions A and B must be tested twice in both cases: it's a matter of taste, I guess).

    And obviously I agree with you that XOR is pretty much more specialized than, say AND or PLUS...

    OTOH, I'd love for Perl to implement a fast NAND (which by itself creates a complete Boolean algebra). BTW, nand doesn't make expressions easier to read, but much faster as it would shorcircuit much sooner in most cases...

    Best regards,

    our $Perl6 is Fantastic;

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