How fast is Perl's smart match?

Karel BĂ­lek on StackOverflow wondered if the smart match operator was smartly searching. We know it's smart about what it should do, but is it also smart in how it does it? In this case, is it smart about finding scalars in an array?

I benchmarked three important cases: the match is at the beginning of the array, the end of the array, and in the middle of the array. Before you look at my answer on StackOverflow though, write down what you think the answer should be. Done? Okay, now you can peek

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user-pic I'm the author of Mastering Perl, and the co-author of Learning Perl (6th Edition), Intermediate Perl, Programming Perl (4th Edition) and Effective Perl Programming (2nd Edition).