# modern my %hash = ( foo => 1, bar => 'string', ); # classic my %hash = ( 'foo', 1, 'bar', 'string', );
the main value of the arrow operator => is that we get to skip quoting the hashes key... but wtf good is it, if we have to quote each value, because they are all strings in our hash? So I sat and thunk for about 45 seconds and wondered.... wouldn't it be so wonderful, if I could say something like qw/key1 value1 key2 value2 .../ and format it much like the classic style for legibility, but not have to write *any* quotes for the strings?
Attempting it 2 minutes later:
my %hash = qw/foo 1 bar string ... ... /;
It never actually occurred to me before, b/c almost every time I care about hash keys, is w hen I can use a hash as a form of quick dynamically created storage for data, that I will probably want to walk across both the keys and values on later. But since qw/foo bar/ is equivalent to ('foo', 'bar'), it works just perfectly here!
Perl is not the most beautiful language, it's a language for *getting the job done*, and in that spirit, has 1000s of little things that help make things less painful -> like not having to quote every dang gum key value in a hash lol. One thing I also like abut Perl, I can always read my scripts 6++ months later ;-)
I love this tool, lol.