SPUG: lenght of string

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Wed Oct 6 13:11:08 CDT 2004

On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 09:30:12AM -0700, O'neil, Jerome wrote:
> Jebuz, Tim, of all the people in the universe, I wouldn't have expected
> pedantry from you.
> perldoc -f length
>      length EXPR
>      length  Returns the length in characters of the value of
> Works for me, every time.
> -J

My point was a technical one having to do with correct syntax
(sorry if you thought I was being pedantic, but as a teacher,
that's what I get paid for!)

Specifically, the Perl technique for determining the length of a
string is "length EXPR", not "%length EXPR" (which looks like a hash
followed by a scalar).

The post in question showed %length, which was incorrect.

As a courtesy to those who are growing tired of this thread,
I'll resist the temptation to question the spelling of the
word "Jebuz", which appears at the start of your message 8-}

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