foreach loops: fence post problem

Posted on 2004-08-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'd like to print out the strings in an array seperated by commas. The following code would work, except that the final comma is not followed by an element.

foreach my $e (@elements)
    print $e . ", ";

How can I write code that does not print the final comma? Thanks.
Question by:bobwood2000
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Assisted Solution

kandura earned 100 total points
ID: 11839541
Two suggestions:

1. check the entry for "join" in the perlfunc manpage.
2. check the meaning of $, in the perlvar manpage.

Assisted Solution

lth2h earned 75 total points
ID: 11844621
When I have to do something like this.  I first append the info to a variable, then use a regex to remove the extra comma, then print the variable.

Expert Comment

ID: 11844649
Oh I forgot to add..

You can also include a counting variable and do it like this...

my $i=0;
foreach my $e (@array) {

if ($i == length(@array)) {
print $e;

} else {

print $e . ", ";




Accepted Solution

JustinPincar earned 75 total points
ID: 11845158
Theres a really easy way to do this.

Set the perl special list-seperator variable $, to something and then print the array.
For example...

@examples = ("hello", "goodbye", "cheesecake");

$, = ", ";

print @examples;

That will give you: hello, goodbye, cheesecake


Author Comment

ID: 11845217
Thanks! Using either $, or join is very elegant.

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