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-- I'm not use to putting '$_' as a key for a hash. I am also not sure what '||=$_' means/does. Can you explain

My code uses a for modifier to alias $c and $p to $_ for the duration of the statement. This is done to eliminate duplicated code. The ||= $_ means "or-equal's $_". Its easiest to exlain by just defining ||= properly, which is that $x ||= $y; does exactly the same thing that $x = $x || $y; which in turn is effectively the same as $x=$y if not $x;

I'm also not sure why you are deleting children...

My algorithm is meant to be order insensitive. That is that you should build the same tree regardless of the order that each parent/child tuple is processed. It does this by putting each node in the root tree, and then basically merging the trees together. However every tree that is a child shouldnt be in the root hash at the end of processing. However we dont know if a node is a true root (the tuples may represent a forest of trees) until we have processed the full list.

-- I'd like to print out something like this

Basically you would write a recursive routine that recursively inorder traverse the tree. Such a routine would look something like the following:

sub print_inorder { my $node= shift; print $node->{name}, "\n"; print_inorder($_) for sort { $a->{name} cmp $b->{name} } values %{ $node->{kids} || {} }; }

And before you ask... %{ $node->{kids} || {} } is a "trick" to make the code relatively simple yet also able to deal with nodes that have no children (as it dereferences an empty hash if there are no kids defined).


In reply to Re: various hash construction/ printing questions.. by demerphq
in thread how to construct tree from parent pointer list by bfdi533

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