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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Monday March 08, 2004
05:16 PM

qq{Bad Quotes}

[ #17818 ]

This compiles:

sub Foo::show { print 'Foo::show' };
my %class = ( name => 'Foo' );
print qq{ $class{name}->show; #};

This does not:

sub Foo::show { print 'Foo::show' };
my %class = ( 'name}' => 'Foo' );
print qq{ $class{'name}'}->show; #};

I discovered this little curiosity because some programmer is using curly braces with qq// in our code:

return qq{<span $options{attrs}>$options{title}</span>};

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  • See perlop, "Gory details of parsing quoted constructs".
  • Simply adding a backslash in front of the embedded "}" character makes it work:
    sub Foo::show { print 'Foo::show' };
    my %class = ( 'name}' => 'Foo' );
    print qq{ $class{'name\}'}->show; #};
    Foo->show; #
    • I forgot to add: escaping works for the single quoting q{} too.
      print q{ $class{'name\}'}->show; #};
      $class{'name}'}->show; #
      In this case, backslashes work as an escape character only for the closing delimiter, its pairing delimiter, and other backslashes.
      print q{\'\$\@\{\}\[\]\(\)\"\\};