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Re^3: Autovivification with hash of hashes

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Jan 26, 2003 at 05:34 UTC ( #229942=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Autovivification with hash of hashes
in thread Autovivification with hash of hashes

Here you are strongly suggesting a symblic reference. As for the code, the part before && obviously evaluate to false, so that exists after && will be evaluated, but no auto-vivfication here, as $foo{bar} has been created by you earlier

Actually, a) the ref failing will immediately lead to the entire expression failing because he is using &&, not ||. b) If it got executed, strict would cause the exists to fail with a refs stricture violation.

And the latter is exactly what he's talking about protecting against by using ref.

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re: Re^3: Autovivification with hash of hashes
by trs80 (Priest) on Jan 26, 2003 at 23:14 UTC
    Thank you, that is what I was trying to convey.

    I think the most important thing to do when working with structures that may contain anonymous hash refereneces is to avoid using tests that access a possibly non existent hash reference key by name, which, as far as I know, is the only way to cause autovivification. I am not sure what, other then ref could even be used. This link provides some extended examples on the subject.
    Autovivification Explained

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