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James E Keenan
August 15, 2013 02:55
Re: postfix dereference syntax
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On 8/14/13 4:44 PM, Brad Baxter wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM, Johan Vromans<>  wrote:

>> Which makes me think, once more, do we actualle *need* postfix
>> dereference? Does it provide anything we cannot do already, albeit at
>> the cost of an extra pair of braces? In other words: is it worth the
>> effort?
>> -- Johan
> FWIW, I would never use (this incarnation of) postfix dereference.  I'm
> sorry, but to my eye $foo->@* is not prettier than @{$foo}.  And I
> understand the latter.
> That is to say, with the latter, I know exactly where the entity being
> dereferenced begins and ends.  With the former--phew--you got me.
> Regards,
> Brad
> ​​

I agree with Johan and Brad.  It appears we're adding ugly syntax and a 
maintenance burden for something that I would probably never use.

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