Re: Perl 5.005 features
According to Michael Stone:
> The only thing [new in Perl 5.005] I've heard so far is threading,
> which AFAIK is too unstable to be in stable.
Agreed about threading.
But the list of New Stuff also includes:
* References as thrown exceptions ('die $object', '$@->method')
* Pseudo-hashes (fast hash-like behavior from arrays)
* Closely related to the above: 'use fields' pragma
* Significantly smarter regexes and the qr// quoting mechanism
* Global keyword overriding with CORE::GLOBAL::keyword
* Tied arrays are complete; tied handles are more complete
* $/ can be used for fixed-length records ('$/ = \80')
And some guts things:
* More robust embedding support (for e.g. mod_perl)
* Numerous core dump bugs fixed, largely through the internal
feature known as "stack of stacks"
Don't get me wrong; as the father (or at least midwife) of Perl 5.004,
I think it's a great program. But 5.005 has much to recommend it, too.
Chip Salzenberg - a.k.a. - <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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