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need some help getting this simple perl program to run

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print "Rey Calculator";
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the first Number";
chomp($a = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the second Number\n";
chomp ($b = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the Operator"
chomp ($operation = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
#The following if statement assigns the command line arguments to a variable ($operation)
if ($operation eq +) {
$result = $a + $b;
}elsif ($operation eq -) {
$result = $a - $b;
}elsif ($operation eq /) {
$result = $a / $b;
}elsif ($operation eq x) {
$result = $a * $b;
}
print $a $operation $b = $result\n;


C:\>perl cal.pl
syntax error at cal.pl line 10, near "chomp"
Unrecognized character \x93 in column 19 at cal.pl line 13
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missing ; between
print "Please Enter the Operator"  
and
chomp ($operation = <STDIN>);
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by:ozo
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And what is the character between the eq and the +
if ($operation eq +) {
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This appears to be homework... is it?  If so, experts can help point you in the right direction, but can not do the work for you.
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There are two problems in the above script:
* First is a missing semicolon at the end of line no. 9 (print "Please Enter the Operator")
* Second is you need to put all the operators in the if statements in quotes. like '+'
So your line no. 13 now becomes:
if ($operation eq '+') {

This is because you are comparing $operation as a text value.
I have debugged the code tried running it and is working fine now.
Find the corrected script below:

print "Rey Calculator";
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the first Number";
chomp($a = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the second Number\n";
chomp ($b = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
print "Please Enter the Operator";
chomp ($operation = <STDIN>);
print "\n";
#The following if statement assigns the command line arguments to a variable ($operation)
if ($operation eq '+') {
$result = $a + $b;
}elsif ($operation eq '-') {
$result = $a - $b;
}elsif ($operation eq '/') {
$result = $a / $b;
}elsif ($operation eq x'') {
$result = $a * $b;
}
print $a $operation $b = $result\n;

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by:vikaskhoria
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One small in copy paste above.On line 20 by mistake have type x'', it should be 'x'
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