SPUG: basic array question

DeRykus, Charles E charles.e.derykus at boeing.com
Wed May 11 13:56:37 PDT 2005

> @a on line 2 has the value (1, 2, 3, 'a', 9), which makes sense. The 
> right hand side is evaluated in a list context because the variable on 
> the left hand side is an array.

>> Wrong: right hand side is a _list_ which is _coerced_ into an 
>> array due to the LHS definition.

Great explanations.  The answer above may be correct too but
saying that a literal list  doesn't exist in list context but 
rather is "coerced into an array due to the LHS" seems like 
purely semantic hair-splitting to me.  For instance, <$fh>
is in a list context in the expression @x = <$fh>, so why
couldn't a literal list on the RHS be regarded as in list
context as well ...? 

(The mythical "list in scalar context" is another matter 

Charles DeRykus 

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