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Re^4: How do I pretend a reference isn't a reference

by clinton (Priest)
on Nov 06, 2008 at 11:32 UTC ( #721959=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: How do I pretend a reference isn't a reference
in thread How do I pretend a reference isn't a reference

If you change the map so:
my @months = map{tie my $var, i18n::String2, $_; $var } qw(Januar +y February);
That problem goes away also. (I made a similar error myself earlier:)

Actually, it doesn't :) What is stored in @months is not tie'd anonymous variables, but the result of FETCH'ing $var. In other words, it does the translation at compile time, rather than at runtime.


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Re^5: How do I pretend a reference isn't a reference
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Nov 06, 2008 at 11:42 UTC

    Well yes, but isn't your use/implementation of map in the example just a for testing?

    In your original example you had:

    my @days = ( _('Mon'),_('Tues'),_('Wed'),_('Thurs'),_('Fri'),_('Sat'),_('Sun') );

    So if your later example became

    my @days = map _( $_ ), qw[ Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun ];

    with all the choosing of packages and tieing hidden inside sub _{ ... }, then the translation will be done at runtime as required?

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      Well, my original example was defining the array @days at compile time, because that's going to be more efficient than:
      sub day_of_week { my $self = shift; my @days = _('Mon'),_('Tues'),_('Wed'),_('Thurs'),_('Fri') +,_('Sat'),_('Sun'); return $days[ $self->{day_num} ]; }

      To give another example, I have about 3,000 lines of YAML config data, which gets loaded into a hash during initialisation. Some of that data will contain strings-to-be-translated, eg:

      status: a: _('Active') i: _('Inactive')

      During init, I check all the scalar values in the config hash and, if they match the _('...') form, then I bless them into i18n::String. Doing this with tie wouldn't be feasible.


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