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Greetings punch_card_don,

Each of your suggested styles has merit depending on the particulars of the situation. Context is everything. There's nothing in your code examples that would make me shiver if I had to maintain it. (Although, "...many lines of code later..." does cause some pause, I have to admit.) A couple key things to consider:

  • Use very clear nouns for variable names that are short and accurately describe the data
  • Keep relevant code together; don't pre-define variables too early; in other words, don't my a scalar on line 4 then use it for the first time on line 100

I tend to write really compact code, but I understand that it can be more difficult for someone else to maintain. Here's what I'd be tempted to do:

for (0 .. (($some_variable eq 'x') ? 14 : 9 )) { print $_, "\n"; # or whatever goes on in here... }

TMTOWTDI, and you've already posted a few good ways.

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In reply to Re: Style: buried variables or double referencing? by gryphon
in thread Style: buried variables or double referencing? by punch_card_don

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