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Re: using references as keys in a hash.

by seattlejohn (Deacon)
on Feb 23, 2003 at 02:15 UTC ( #237841=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to using references as keys in a hash.

When you stringify a reference, it no longer is a reference -- it's just a plain old string that happens to contain a human-readable representation of an address and a data type. So the code above is doing just what it would do if your initial hash assignment read:
%hash = ("ARRAY(0x80fbb0c)" => "STUFF");
If you turned on strict, you'd be warned that a string can't be used as an array reference.

Hash keys must be strings, not references. If you want to "dereference" something, you probably should be storing the reference itself as a hash value, so you can use it directly and not need to dereference it in the first place.

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