what would this do...

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by Robin, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. Robin

    Robin Guest

    @output2 = @output1[0 .. 250];

    Robin, Jan 7, 2004
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  2. This is an "array slice", and is shorthand for:

    @output2 = ($output1[0], $output1[1], ..., $output1[250]);

    where the "..." in the above is the missing 248 elements (2-249).

    "perldoc perldata" for gory details, search for "slice".
    John J. Trammell, Jan 7, 2004
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  3. Please put the subject of your article in the Subject of your article.
    Tad McClellan, Jan 7, 2004
  4. Robin

    Matt Garrish Guest

    Set entries 0-250 in @output2 to their equivalent values in @output1. Next
    time try running the code if you want to know what it does.

    Matt Garrish, Jan 7, 2004
  5. you explanation makes it sound (at least to me) like any existing
    entries in @output2 other than 0-250 will be left alone, which they

    @output2 will be redefined as an array with 251 entries matching those
    in locations 0-250 of @output, if any. if not, undefined.
    Michael Budash, Jan 7, 2004
  6. Robin

    Matt Garrish Guest

    Sorry if that's how it reads, I assumed that the OP would at least
    understand how arrays are populated in a case like this.
    Again, I would assume that the OP would understand that "equivalent" means
    that undef values remain undef, so an undef'ed array would obviously
    translate into another undefined array. If either assumption were wrong on
    my part, a quick read of the documentation and/or a little experimentation
    would have cleared up any lingering questions. This just read too much like
    a "I'm too lazy to look this up, so somebody tell me the answer" question,
    to which I abhor giving anything more than the bare minimum of information.

    Matt Garrish, Jan 8, 2004
  7. No offense, but given your 'edu' address, all your questions to this group
    sound an awful lot like "Please do my homework for me". Sorry in advance
    if this isn't the case.

    Anyway, Perl has a lot of documentation. The 'perldoc' command is the way
    to get the documentation. You can also access Perl documentation at

    To answer your question in the shortest way possible .... take array
    elements 0 thru 250 in array @output1 and populate array @output2 with
    those elements.
    So, both @output1 and @output2 would contain the same values for elements
    0 thru 250.



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    James Willmore, Jan 8, 2004
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