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Ricardo Signes
October 14, 2014 12:47
Re: [perl #122947] [EXPERIMENT] Lvalue references
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* Father Chrysostomos <> [2014-10-11T02:53:37]
> The lvalue references feature, which is almost ready to be merged into blead,
> gives Perl 5.22.0 experimental support for aliasing via reference assignment:

This sort of seemed to come out of nowhere from my perspective.  Or, rather, I
knew you'd been working on, and had asked one or two questions about it, but
then it got merged.  I was a bit taken aback.  I generally look at branches
hitting the commit list only lightly, on the assumption that big user-facing
changes will land only after discussion.

In saying, "Could we, next time, first have a public announcement that it's
ready to merge and a review period?" I realize that the review period will
probably garner much less review than you'd like, but I think it would be
useful to do, at the cost of only a few days delay, probably.

I will now begin kicking this around, anyway, and hope to find it purely

Since I haven't much played with it yet, I don't have much to say, except this:
I think "lvalue reference" might need to be renamed.  My understanding is that
it's always about the backslash on the left hand side, rather than having a
reference in an lvalue.  Also, we have LVALUE refs.  Is this feature actually
related to that?


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