in reply to Can we make $& better?

You may use today the feature mentioned in Re: Can we make $& better? (no need with $^MATCH). Even with older Perls, there is Regexp::MatchContext by TheDamian. Surely, it must be the inspiration for the 5.10 feature which is probably faster because introduced to the Perl core itself.

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Re^2: Can we make $& better?
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Sep 12, 2007 at 18:07 UTC

    Actually this post is the first time ive even heard of Regexp::MatchContext so no it wasnt in any way the inspiration for ${^MATCH} and friends.

    And actually its totally fluke that both use 'p' as the new flag, originally it was 'k' in the core implementation, which was changed to 'p' (for preserve) later on because another TheDamian module uses 'k' for special purposes.