Perl List Functions

The Perl list functions are one of the most important category of the built-in Perl functions. As you know, three data types are available in the Perl language: scalars, arrays and hashes.

A scalar, which represents the fundamental type of Perl data, can be a string, a number or a reference. When you group together two or more scalars, you have a list.

You can manipulate lists through several built-in Perl list functions, including:

grep is used as a filter to extract those elements of a list for which an expression (or a regular expression) is evaluated true; it returns the sublist of the elements that passed the filter test
join with this function you can merge any number of strings you want; you can specify with what token you want to delimitate the strings; in other words you can concatenate all the string elements of a list into a string, using a separator
map takes a list and evaluates an expression or block on each element of the list; it returns a list with the results
qw/STRING/ this 'quote word' function is used to generate a list of words and returns the list containing the words; it automatically quotes the strings for you
reverse in a scalar context, it concatenates the elements of a list in a string and returns the string with all the characters in an opposite order; in a list context, it returns the list in the reversed order
sort sorts a list in a specific order and returns the sorted list
unpack it expands a binary string into a list of values by using a template format

Follow the above links to learn more about how to use the Perl list functions.

Table of Contents:

A Perl Script
Install Perl
Running Perl
Perl Data Types
Perl Variables
Perl Operators
Perl Lists
Perl Arrays
    Array Size
    Array Length
Perl Hashes
Perl Statements
    Perl if
    Perl unless
    Perl switch
    Perl while
    Perl do-while
    Perl until
    Perl do-until
    Perl for
    Perl foreach
Built-in Perl Functions
    Functions by Category
        String Functions
        Regular Expressions and Pattern Matching
        Array Functions
        Hash Functions
        Miscellaneous Functions
    Functions in alphabetical order

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