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Re^2: Binary to decimal conversion

by andreas1234567 (Vicar)
on Dec 11, 2007 at 10:34 UTC ( #656370=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Binary to decimal conversion
in thread Binary to decimal conversion

Hmm.. I'm surprised to see it works to reverse a scalar like that. read's 2nd argument is a SCALAR, and reverse's single argument is a LIST. What is it I do not understand?

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Re^3: Binary to decimal conversion
by pfaut (Priest) on Dec 11, 2007 at 11:48 UTC

    From reverse

    reverse LIST
          In list context, returns a list value consisting of the ele-
          ments of LIST in the opposite order.  In scalar context, con-
          catenates the elements of LIST and returns a string value with
          all characters in the opposite order.
    90% of every Perl application is already written.
      In list context:
      my @array = reverse( LIST );
      In scalar context:
      my $value = reverse( LIST );
      Fine. But it does not say how it's supposed to behave when fed a SCALAR instead of a LIST, does it?

      I'm still confused.


        Erm . . . a LIST may consist of a single scalar value. That single scalar value is concatenated with all the other elements in the LIST (very quickly, obviously, since they're non-existent) and the bytes in that concatenated string (i.e. the single scalar argument) are returned in reverse order, just like the docs say.

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