On Tue, 19 Sep 2000 07:40:07 -0700 (PDT), Dave Storrs wrote: >> Doesn't this reflect C's idea of "a string is an array of characters"? >> Which isn't the idea behind strings in Perl. The basic idea is wrong. >> Therefore, making length(@array) work, would be a wrong signal. > > I personally do not see the connection, but even if I did I would >still respectfully disagree. I'm not sure if you really disagree. You said: >That means that (1) anyone who does _not_ have C experience will >not have this problem, Are you saying that only people with experience in C will have this problem, or is this what you disagree with? Because this is precisely the argument I have against it. What I said was: making length(@array) "work" would be catering to novice people *coming from C*. We shouldn't. Not that much. In Perl, a string is not an array. The argument against my reasoning would be if the bulk of people making this mistake are *not* coming from C. I don't know. -- Bart.