Simplifying by refactoring 'array ref' and glob from 'map'

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by Matija Papec, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Matija Papec

    Matija Papec Guest

    X-Ftn-To: Edward Wijaya

    & has special meaning, so it's better to drop it when you don't need it

    perldoc perlsub
    To call subroutines:

    NAME(LIST); # & is optional with parentheses.
    NAME LIST; # Parentheses optional if predeclared/imported.
    &NAME(LIST); # Circumvent prototypes.
    &NAME; # Makes current @_ visible to called subroutine.
    my %documents;
    my @array;

    you can also drop initialization of hashes and arrays as they are already
    empty when declared
    You could die here (perldoc -f die) and catch the errror outside of function
    with eval,
    eval {
    %documents = filehash_map($dir);
    print "There was an eror: $@\n" if $@;
    local ($/,*F);
    return map {
    $_ => do { open F, $_ or die "Error reading '$_': $!"; <F> }
    } @array;

    You can pull this "local ($/,*F);" out of the map, and perhaps avoid map
    completely in favor to foreach as it may be faster and/or taking less system
    memory. If you're into optimization, also consider returning hashref instead
    of plain hash as it completely avoids unnecessary copying of hash pairs over
    Matija Papec, Nov 7, 2004
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  2. Hi,

    My subroutine (filehash_map) below seems to be clumsy,
    Would like your advice to make the subroutine more compact?

    Edward WIJAYA

    #! /usr/bin/perl -w
    use strict;

    my $dir = 'tmp/*'; #directory to store files
    my %documents =();
    my %selected_doc =();

    my @array = ("file1.txt", "file2.txt");

    %documents = &filehash_map($dir);
    %selected_doc = &filehash_map(\@array);

    sub filehash_map{
    # Takes a scalar, check if it's a array reference (list of filename)
    # or a scalar (directory that stores files), then create
    # hash with filename as key and its content as values

    my $dir = shift;
    my %documents = ();
    my @array = ();

    if (ref($dir) eq "ARRAY"){
    @array = @{$dir};
    elsif (ref($dir) eq "SCALAR") {
    @array = glob($dir);
    print "Fail - returning empty hash.\n"; #could this error catch be
    made better?

    %documents = map { $_ => do { local ($/,*F); open F, "<$_"
    or die "Error reading '$_': $!"; <F> }} @array;

    return %documents;

    Edward Wijaya, Nov 7, 2004
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  3. Matija Papec

    Ben Morrow Guest

    Or, much better in general, use lexical FHs:

    local $/;
    return map {
    $_ => do {
    open my $F, '<', $_ or die "error reading '$_': $!";
    } @array;

    , or, better in this case, use File::Slurp:

    use File::Slurp qw/read_file/;

    return map { $_ => scalar read_file $_ } @array;

    Ben Morrow, Nov 7, 2004
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