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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [], and here [] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [] and my other blog []. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Tuesday October 09, 2001
04:34 PM

All Hashed Up

[ #935 ]
Time for another admission:

I'm afraid of hashes.

I know. I hear you, out there, saying that I shouldn't be, but I am. The first time I saw them in _Learning Perl_, they scared me. They still do.

The solutions shown me by the ever-wise Perl Monks all involve hashes. I swear there's a conspiracy brewing somewhere.

(Speaking of brewing, I should get some more coffee. Everything works better with a little coffee.)

I implemented the array-to-hash conversion almost verbatim from one of the helpful explanations:

sub insert_cards {
my %stock = ();
my %shown = ();

foreach my $record (@newcards, @cards) {
my ($name, $stock, $shown) = split(/:/, $record);
$stock{$name} += $stock;
$shown{$name} += "0";

foreach $name (keys %stock) {
print ((join(":", $name, $stock{$name}, $shown {$name}))."\n");


This produces...ALMOST...what I'm trying to do. Lot closer than I got. A finite loop and printed output which is almost what I need, plus an error message:

Use of uninitialized value in join or string at cardhash.p line 74.

with every single piece of output.

I have two options for the rest of the night.

I can either drag out ChessMaster 5000 and get a game in, then go to Chess Night at my local Borders...


I can keep working and maybe get this program done, then reward myself around 8:00 with a coffee at said Borders.

Easy option. I just need a little bit of food, and I can get this thing working...and even if I don't, then I can at least bang my head against it for a while longer and try to understand hashes.

Chocolate would be good...I still have a few pieces of Terry's Chocolate Orange, and I love those things.

Coding it is.

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