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Re: [opensuse] Quick perl question - why are @array[$num] and $array[$num] the same?
  • From: G T Smith <grahamsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 09:03:14 +0100
  • Message-id: <48197942.4030600@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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David C. Rankin wrote:

I don't know who I have to thank for this, but I think it was Anders
who recommended that I look at perl after one of my last weird bash
questions. I have a syntax question as I go though perl.

The situation. I read a file into an array and then go to reference
each line.

my $NUM = 1;
open FILE, ".bashrc" or die $!;
my @array = <FILE>;

How is it legal that I can reference the array element either as
@array[element] or $array[element]?:

while (@array[$NUM]) {
print "$NUM : @array[$NUM]\n";

while ($array[$NUM]) {
print "$NUM : $array[$NUM]\n";

From what I've read, it seems like the list $array[element] would
just return the number of characters in the list $array[element] not the
text itself. How should I think about this?

The other (serious) responders are accurate however I suggest you get a
copy of the "Llama", i.e. Learning Perl, Randall L.Schwatz and Tom
Pheonix, O'Reilly Press (I do not know whether there is a newer edition
but I have the 3rd )...

The language has its nuances and this a good starting point to help
avoiding some beginner traps...

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Bjarne Stroustrup
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