SPUG: spug: What is the idiomatic way to extract first/lastitem after split?

Bill Campbell bill at celestial.com
Wed Jun 29 10:58:16 PDT 2005

On Wed, Jun 29, 2005, DeRykus, Charles E wrote:
>On 6/28/05, Bill Campbell <bill at celestial.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 28, 2005, Uri London wrote:
>>> this might not work as one expects on a list of one, since @rest will be empty. ($last will contain undef 
>>>after the pop.) it's unclear from the original poster's requirements what this edge case should return.
>True and the same thing applies to J. Krahn's elegant solution. Once 
>the output's drained, the rest of the list will be undefined.

When I posted my example, it was meant as that, an example.  Error checking
and bounds conditions were left as an exercise for the student.  It's a lot
easier to read the example if it isn't hidden in the middle of exception
handling code.

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