Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Do you know where your variables are?
 
PerlMonks  

Re: Why don't file handles have sigils?

by Anonymous Monk
on Jul 08, 2014 at 20:08 UTC ( [id://1092788] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Why don't file handles have sigils?

Q: why something perl

A: Because :)

I see a lot of references to how things would be easier if file handles had sigils.

Where do you see them?

I consider such stuff nonsense :)

Things would be much easier, if only things worked the way I thought ... but then they'd be something else ; perl should really work the way I think, I shouldn't have to learn how it works

A filehandle is just another $scalar

Is there some reason why they don't?

scalars are scalars, barewords are barewords ... which sigil would be used?

There isn't a special sigil for objects, or a special sigil for integers, why should filehandles be so special?

See below

Using references works great but mixing references with barewords for STDIN/OUT/ERR seems messy.

Maybe to noobs, you can always use typeglobs or typeglob references, \*STDIN, \*STDOUT, \*STDERR

So there is a sigil for typeglobs, its as close as you can get ... STDIN/STDOUT/STDERR/DATA are the only bareword filehandles I use, the rest are $scalars (only available since perl 5.6.0, and yes, there was perl before 5.6.0 )

Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re^2: Why don't file handles have sigils?
by 1s44c (Scribe) on Jul 08, 2014 at 23:54 UTC
    Things would be much easier, if only things worked the way I thought ... but then they'd be something else ; perl should really work the way I think, I shouldn't have to learn how it works

    That's really not what I meant. I meant "why is it like that, is there some reason I don't know about?"

        Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

        A: To show the armadillo it could be done.

        You must always remember that the primary goal is to drain the swamp even when you are hip-deep in alligators.
        Intermediate Perl 2012 Page 116 -- "We'd have a much easier time if filehandles had sigils!"