in reply to Re: Is it a number?
in thread Does it look like a number?

Ah yes, that would be
sub is_numeric { ($_[0] & ~ $_[0]) eq "0"; }
Which tests whether a scalar is a numeric value or a string value e.g 42 vs "42". Whereas the snippet discerns whether a given scalar looks like a number or not e.g
print +(isnum($_) ? "is a number" : "not a number"), ": $_", $/ for qw( 1 2.2 3e3 4. .5); __output__ is a number: 1 is a number: 2.2 is a number: 3e3 is a number: 4. is a number: .5



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•Re: Re: Re: Is it a number?
by merlyn (Sage) on Oct 23, 2003 at 14:50 UTC
    Yeah, the difference is the difference between "could this string be converted into a number without getting the warnings if -w is on?" vs "is this value always and only a number?". Everything in the latter case is also true for the former, but the inverse is not true. For example, all external data read from filehandles is always a string initially, so it could never pass this "is_numeric" test.

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