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Re: [perl #133712] Confusingly, perlref calls a hash in the examples%array

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Dave Mitchell
December 6, 2018 09:57
Re: [perl #133712] Confusingly, perlref calls a hash in the examples%array
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On Wed, Dec 05, 2018 at 07:07:27PM -0800, James E Keenan via RT wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:04:52 GMT, wrote:
> > The subject says it all. $array{ aaa }{ bbb }{ ccc } is confusing,
> > since it's a hash, not an array.

> The code examples you are proposing to change were written by Larry Wall
> in commit 748a93069b3 in March 1995.  We haven't changed them in all
> that time ... which makes me suspect we have a reason for doing so
> (though I myself don't know what that reason is).

I should imagine it's because until perl 5, hashes were called associative
arrays, and therefore using 'array' as the name for one of them was
reasonable at the time. I see no reason not to apply this patch.

The warp engines start playing up a bit, but seem to sort themselves out
after a while without any intervention from boy genius Wesley Crusher.
    -- Things That Never Happen in "Star Trek" #17

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