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The perversity of traditional Perl 5 dereferencing syntax

I wrote this article almost a year ago as part of an omnibus reply to a bunch of different posts from a perl5-porters thread. I never finished all parts of the reply and thus never sent this part either, but in contrast to the other parts of this stillborn mail, I think this one is worth reading. So asked Johan Vromans:

It still escapes me why @* was chosen instead of the much more logical []:


The reason is that there are a number of problems to solve with any new deref syntax:

To the tune of…

Buddy Burden:

Yes, we had multiple keynotes [at YAPC::NA 2014]. Two or three a day, even. I thought that was a bit weird. My friend David Hand kept joking that we had gone beyond keynotes and were now into keychords.

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