Perl 101: Things Every Perl Programmer Should Know.


Perl lets you do just about whatever you want, and that includes things that may be slow or memory-intensive. Here's how to avoid some of these.

Use while to iterate over files, not for

Instead of slurping in all lines of a file and then working on the array with for, read in one line at a time with while.

These two loops are functionally the same:

    for ( <> ) {
        # do something

    while ( <> ) {
        # do something

The difference is that the for reads the entire file into a temporary array, and the while reads one at a time. For small files this may not matter, but for larger ones it may eat up all your available memory.

Using while in this case is just good practice.

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