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Re^6: Using a scalar as a constant?

by JavaFan (Canon)
on Oct 15, 2008 at 15:24 UTC ( [id://717245] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: Using a scalar as a constant?
in thread Using a scalar as a constant?

That wouldn't work if the sub is AUTOLOADED, and the package doesn't redefine 'can' to reflect this. (I've seen many packages using AUTOLOAD that don't redefined 'can').

Having said that, and given the fact the subname comes from some XML document whose creation may not be under our control, I would neither use eval, nor a symref, and not can either. I'd make a dispatch table allowing only values I approve of.

my $style = ... retrieve from XML document ... my $value; given ($style) { when ("sub1") {$value = sub1} when ("sub2") {$value = sub2} ... default {die "Illegal style '$style'"} } Wx::TextCtrl->new( $self, -1, "", [5, 10], [-1, -1], $value);

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Re^7: Using a scalar as a constant?
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Oct 15, 2008 at 17:27 UTC
    That wouldn't work if the sub is AUTOLOADED, and the package doesn't redefine 'can' to reflect this. (I've seen many packages using AUTOLOAD that don't redefined 'can').

    It also won't work if you've edited the Perl source code and removed support for AUTOLOAD, which also produces broken behavior. Using AUTOLOAD without predeclaring your subs or overriding can() is a bug.

Re^7: Using a scalar as a constant?
by suaveant (Parson) on Oct 15, 2008 at 16:09 UTC
    In the case of constants I don't think you often have to worry about autoloading, but it is a good point.

    And dispatch tables are always good.

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