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About Perl’s Binding Operator

20th May 2009

This piece is as much an aide de memoire for myself as anything else but putting it here seems worthwhile if it answers questions for others. The binding operators, =~ or !~, come in handy when you are framing conditional statements in Perl using Regular Expressions, for example, testing whether x =~ /\d+/ or not. The =~ variant is also used for changing strings using the s/[pattern1]/[pattern2]/ regexp construct (the “s” stands for “substitute”). What has brought this to mind is that I wanted to ensure that something was done for strings that did not contain a certain pattern and that’s where the !~ binding operator came in useful; ^~ might have come to mind for some reason but it wasn’t what I needed.

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