Perl uc Function

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The Perl uc function (which stands for uppercase) is meant to return a uppercase version of a string expression. Some useful examples of how to use this function in your scripts will be given to you in this tutorial. Click the lc link to see the correspondent lc Perl function which converts a string expression to lowercase characters.

There are two syntax forms for this function:

uc EXPR 

Please note that the Perl uc function doesn’t alter the string variable content, but it returns an uppercase copy of the string. If you omit the EXPR parameter, the Perl uc function will use the content of the special variable $_.

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Here is an example about how to use it:

# initialize some string variable
my $string = "This is about Perl Functions";
print $string, "\n";
# displays: This is about Perl Functions
$string = uc($string);
print $string, "\n";

If we don’t make an assignment for the variable we convert through the uc function, the result of the conversion will be lost – you can see this in the 3-5 lines of the above code. At the end of the code we store the uppercase converted value in the same variable (line 6) and we print it again.

This uc function is very useful when you perform some string comparisons. Try to remember that all comparisons are case sensitive and the following strings "uc" and "UC" are not the same.

Now let’s consider the case insensitive comparison of two strings. You can use the uc function either converting both strings in lowercase using an assignment operator and than make the comparisons or compare the strings by calling the uc function for each of them, without changing their values.

The next short example shows you how to do this:

my $string1 = "blue";
my $string2 = "Blue";
$string1 = uc($string1);
$string2 = uc($string2);
if($string1 eq $string2)	
  print "The two strings are equal\n";

#comparison without altering the string values

$string1 = "blue";
$string2 = "Blue";
if(uc($string1) eq uc($string2))
  print "The two strings are equal\n";

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A Perl Script
Install Perl
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Built-in Perl Functions
    Functions by Category
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        Regular Expressions and Pattern Matching
        List Functions
        Array Functions
        Hash Functions
        Miscellaneous Functions
    Functions in alphabetical order
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