Before Perl v5.10 introduced state variables, people did various things to create persistent lexical variables for a subroutine. With v5.30, one of those constructs is now a fatal error.
Often you want a persistent variable to be scoped and private to a subroutine. But, once you leave that scope, normal lexical variables disappear because their reference count drops to zero. So, no persistence.
Continue reading “No more false postfix lexical declarations in v5.30”
[Although I haven’t seen an official notice besides a git commit that reverts the changes, by popular outcry these changes won’t be in v5.28. It’s not that they won’t happen but they won’t be in v5.28. People who depend on Perl should stay vigilant. My advice in the first paragraph stands—change is coming and we don’t know what it is yet.]
Perl v5.28 might do away with
when—v5.27.7 already has. Don’t upgrade to v5.28 until you know you won’t be affected by this! This change doesn’t follow the normal Perl deprecation or experimental feature policy. If you are using
given-when, stop doing that. If you aren’t using it, don’t start. And everyone should consider if a major change like this on such short notice is comfortable for them. It’s not a democracy but you can still let the core developers know which way you want your favorite language to go.
Continue reading “Beware of the removal of when in Perl v5.28”
[Update: Perl v5.24 removes this experimental feature, for the reasons I list, among others.]
Perl 5.14 added an auto-dereferencing features to the hash and array operators, and I wrote about those in Use array references with the array operators. I’ve never particularly liked that feature, but I don’t have to like everything. Additionally, Perl 5.12 expanded the job of keys and values to also work on arrays. Continue reading “Don’t use auto-dereferencing with each or keys”
[Update: Perl v5.24 removes this experimental feature]
There’s a significant change in syntax showing up in Perl 5.14. The array operators push, pop, shift, and unshift previously only worked on named arrays or dereferenced references. Now, thanks to David Golden, they’ll work on array references. Not only that, they’ll work on references that you’ve stored in variables or that come as the return values from subroutine calls. This feature will show up in Perl 5.13.7, so you need to compile a development version to try this: Continue reading “Use array references with the array operators”