[Chicago-talk] humbling question

crap at mooresystems.com crap at mooresystems.com
Wed Sep 19 06:53:33 PDT 2007

On Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 06:18:03AM -0700, Richard Reina wrote:
> I am trying to write a simple program like the one below that lets
> users at a console select an active employee.  However, because they
> are not supposed to see the employee's employee number I can't
> figure out a way to let them make the selection.  I thought I could
> do it with a counter ($i) but don't know of a way to associate the
> date with the count.  Any ideas would be greatfully appreciated.

Hi Richard - 

In a situation like this, I often use Damian Conway's IO::Prompt
module. You can pass it a data structure full of the possible options
and it will ask the user to choose one. The documentation is not so
hot, but check the examples directory in the distribution, like

Hope it helps!


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since 2006. Now I don't have to!

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