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Best way to return the list content in Perl?

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sub myfunc {
 my @x=(1,2,3);
 return @x;
}

or

sub myfunc {
 my @x=(1,2,3);
 return [@x];
}

which one is the better way to return the list content? And if the method is an instance method?

posted Aug 18, 2014 by Deepankar Dubey

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Functionally, the two are identical. The first is returning a reference to the array you have created. The second is returning a reference to a new array created from a (shallow) copy of the array you have created.

The fist is to be preferred in my opinion, because it does exactly what you want. The second does extra work and might cause someone to wonder why you haven't just returned a reference to the array.

The second version is necessary when the array might persist between subroutine calls and you effectively need to return a copy.

answer Aug 18, 2014 by Kiran Kumar
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