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Bernie Cosell
December 5, 2001 05:32
Re: The Santa Claus Golf Apocalypse
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On 5 Dec 2001, at 14:09, Eugene van der Pijll wrote:

> Bernie Cosell schreef op 05 december 2001:
> > Meta-question: since Perl is content to try to *call* '&main::;' is there
> > some trickery to *DEFINE* such a subroutine?  For example, trying:
> >    main:: { die; }
> > gets you what I would have expected in the '..&' case: a syntax error for a 
> > missing subroutine name.
> perl -e'*;=sub {1}; print &;'

good heavens.. the actual subroutine name is semi-colon??  So the name isn't 
missing and isn't null, but is ';'.  I'm not sure that that doesn't make it 
MORE confusing to me --- Are there other punctuation marks that work in that 

Three questions:
1) is semicolon the ONLY puncuation mark that has this odd special-dispensation?
2) WHY does perl allow this --- it still seems like a slam-dunk syntax error 
situation to me
3) who *discovered* this anomaly? [how does someone even think to TRY something 
bizarre like this.....]

I'm not much of a golf fan but I've certainly learned interesting/amazing 
things about Perl from the 'holes'.


Bernie Cosell                     Fantasy Farm Fibers     Pearisburg, VA
    -->  Too many people, too few sheep  <--          

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