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Re: (jeffa) 3Re: seeking different ways to slice a 2-d array

by samtregar (Abbot)
on Apr 25, 2002 at 17:35 UTC ( #162052=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (jeffa) 3Re: seeking different ways to slice a 2-d array
in thread seeking different ways to slice a 2-d array

I use it any time I would have used "use vars" in the past - to access package globals. The nice thing is that I can scope where that access is legal. So, if I've got a package global %CACHE and two routines read_cache and write_cache I can:
sub read_cache { our %CACHE; ... } sub write_cache { our %CACHE; ... }
And they'll access the same variable. But if I start refering to %CACHE inside some other routine I get an error just like if %CACHE had been a lexical. I like that.

So, I guess I'm pretty happy with our. The only reason I want more education is that I learned about lexical and package variables as totally separate!!! and now they ain't... Which is cool, but also pretty bizarre.

-sam

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Re: Re: (jeffa) 3Re: seeking different ways to slice a 2-d array
by Anonymous Monk on May 14, 2002 at 20:46 UTC
    I don't like to declare the same variable more than once.
    sub read_cache { our %CACHE; ... } sub write_cache { our %CACHF; ... }
    Oops. It's so easy to slip... But on the other hand, you have to misspell the variable throughout all of &write_cache, which usually isn't too probable. But for short routines--like get/set routines--it's a not too far-fetched scenario.

    For those times I prefer to use
    { our %CACHE; sub read_cache { ... } sub write_cache { ... } }
    The only reason I want more education is that I learned about lexical and package variables as totally separate!!! and now they ain't... Which is cool, but also pretty bizarre.

    I agree, it does indeed look like globals has become... something else. But you can relax--they haven't. They're still totally separate. What our() does is to declare a lexical alias for the global variable.

    Cheers,
    -Anomo

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