zentara has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hello again. When I first started learning Perl, the word "hash" struck me with awe and 'fear of syntax'. Now I find them to be the best feature of Perl.

Recently I've taken up the habit of using hashes to hold my variables, and using really descriptive long names in the hash keys. My question is, does this affect the execution speed of the code? I can see there may be a slight hit while loading the bigger script file, but does perl care internally? How much of a problem does this practice cause? Is there a limit where it starts to cause slowdowns?

For instance, is one hash scheme better than the other in the following:

$game{'placedtiles'}{$currentuser}{$localrow}{$localcol} #vs $g{'pt'}{$cu}{$lr}{$lc}

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh