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Re: hash to differentiate type and tokens

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Jul 14, 2011 at 01:14 UTC ( #914266=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to hash to differentiate type and tokens

Perl has a few “tricks up its sleeve” to make some coding tasks a little easier.   For example, if you simply write, $somehash{'foo'}++, then the key associated with 'foo' will be an integer that gets incremented ... even if no such key exists previously!   Perl simply “does what you mean.”   It automagically creates a key if necessary, then increments it.   So, if you want to use a hash to count the number of occurrences of words in a string (a very common objective...)   Perl, by design, makes that trivial.

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