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Re: (tye)Re: Sub cannot return an array?

by dvergin (Monsignor)
on Apr 20, 2001 at 01:08 UTC ( #73996=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (tye)Re: Sub cannot return an array?
in thread Dereference an array reference

tye, excellent. Thanks. (You may recognize the example as one I cribbed and modified from you in one of the previous discussions on this topic.) This topic has become a bit of an obsession and I have indeed read a generous sampling of the previous postings.

So far, so good. So how do we put into words the difference in behavior in the two subs in the example? Update: merlyn provides the response to this question in his reply.

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(tye)Re2: Sub cannot return an array?
by tye (Sage) on Apr 20, 2001 at 01:16 UTC

    "They return different values when called in a scalar context." ?

    You could make versions that return the first element or a reference to an array or that die when called in a scalar context. But they all return he same list in a list context.

    Trying to come up with some shorthand that describes both what they return in a list context and what they return in a scalar context without ever mentioning "context" is just a mistake in my book.

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

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