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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.

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Friday October 21, 2005
05:31 PM

Inigo Montoya: Javascript Guru

[ #27276 ]

Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that JavaScript. I do not think it means what you think it means."

    <script type="text/javascript">
      function test_me(search) {
        search['age'].value = 21;

        for (var i in search.elements) {
          var elem = search[i];
          if ('age' == {
            alert("From form: " + search['age'].value);
            alert("From elem: " + elem.value);
    <form name="search" id="search" action="." onsubmit="test_me(this); return false">
      <input type="text" name="age" value="18"/>
      <input type="text" name="age" value="19"/>
      <input type="text" name="one_value" value=""/>
      <input type="submit" value="Test it!"/>

That should pop up two alerts. The first says the value is 21. The second alert says the value is 18. That took me quite a while to debug.

In other news, Javascript is a neat language. It's debugging facilities, however, are even worse than Perl's.

By the way, how do I tell if a given element is an array (as in "age" above) or a single value (as in "one_value" above)? I can't seem to figure that out. I can get it working if I try to use the darned thing as an array and then catch the exception when it fails, but that's awful :(

Update: the problem is solved with this function:

      function elemIsArray(elem) {
        var string = Object.prototype.toString.apply(elem);
        var name = string.substring(8, string.length - 1);
        return (name.match(/nodelist/i) != null);

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