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Re: need an explanation

by choroba (Bishop)
on Sep 22, 2013 at 21:55 UTC ( #1055203=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to need an explanation

The first line is equivalent to
@a = ('a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e');

qw just "quotes words".

The second line is usually written as

$b = @a;

or, for more clarity,

$b = scalar @a;

Perl is sensitive to context. By assigning to a scalar value, you impose the scalar context on the right hand side of the assignment. Arrays return their size (number of elements) in scalar context. Using = () = here has no effect and is only confusing. Update: It is usually used to force list context, for example

$x = () = "abcdABCabA" =~ /a/ig; # Count A's regardless of case.
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