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Re^2: Access Hashes of Hashes etc.

by fullermd (Priest)
on Sep 14, 2011 at 17:00 UTC ( #925947=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Access Hashes of Hashes etc.
in thread Access Hashes of Hashes etc.

And as long as you're doing that, you might as well use a reference for the outer hash itself to make the syntax more regular ($thingy->{foo}->3 vs. $thingy{foo}->3).

Well, except the internal ->'s aren't necessary anyway, so $thingy{foo}[3] works just fine.

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Re^3: Access Hashes of Hashes etc.
by muba (Priest) on Sep 14, 2011 at 22:44 UTC

    True, of course, but in my opinion using the dereference operator -> explicitely anyway makes it clearer what your intentions are. $thingy{foo}[3] might work when %thingy is your root hash, so to speak. But once you're deeper into the structure, where you've loaded stuff into variables such as $thingies_a_thingy_does_in_the_weekends which would be an arrayref or hashref, you're either bound to use -> or dereference the whole thing anyway.

    That, and there's nothing wrong with littering your code with ->.

    Sometimes being explicit makes things all the more readable. For example, let's assume a function superFunc, that returns different things based on whether its called in scalar context or list context. In my $superScalar = scalar(superFunc) it's already clear that you want the scalar context behaviour from the my $superScalar part. But by calling it as scalar(superFunc) you say: "yes, I know that superFunc is context sensitive and yes, I really want its scalar context behaviour."

    But I digress.

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