The print function has a unique syntax that supports an optional file handle argument. Conway suggests wrapping this argument in braces to make it visually stand out from the other arguments. When you put braces around any of the special package-level file handles like STDOUT, STDERR, and DATA, you must the '*' sigil or else it won't compile under use strict 'subs'.

  print $FH   "Mary had a little lamb\n";  #not ok
  print {$FH} "Mary had a little lamb\n";  #ok
  print   STDERR   $foo, $bar, $baz;  #not ok
  print  {STDERR}  $foo, $bar, $baz;  #won't compile under 'strict'
  print {*STDERR}  $foo, $bar, $baz;  #perfect!


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <thaljef@cpan.org>


Copyright (c) 2005-2007 Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer. All rights reserved.

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