Re: Using hashes in a format

"John W. Krahn" wrote:

Adam Jimerson wrote:
I am working on a program that will act as a contact manager of sorts,
it uses two hashes to store everything (although the second one is
out because I am not ready to work with it). I am using the format
function to display everything but I don't know how to get it to show the
keys to the
hash which is where the names are. Here is my code so far to show what I
am talking about:

,----[ CODE ]
use warnings;
use strict;

#define hashes
my %phone_numbers = ();
#my %email_address = ();
my $full_name;
my $phone_number;

print "CSCC Workstudy/Co-Op/Intern Contact Manager\n";
print "Version 0.6\n";

if ("@ARGV" eq 'add') {

That should be:

if ($ARGV[0] eq 'add') {

dbmopen(%phone_numbers, "$ENV{HOME}/phone_numbers", 0766) || die "Can't
open database: $!\n"; #Open database for writing

perldoc -f dbmopen
[This function has been largely superseded by the "tie"

perldoc -f tie
perldoc AnyDBM_File
perldoc DB_File
perldoc GDBM_File
perldoc NDBM_File
perldoc ODBM_File
perldoc SDBM_File

print "\nFull Name: ";
chomp($full_name = <STDIN>);
print "Phone Number: ";
chomp($phone_number = <STDIN>);
$phone_numbers { $full_name } = $phone_number;
dbmclose(%phone_numbers) || die "Can't close database $!\n"; #saves and
closes the database
exit 0;
} elsif ("@ARGV" eq 'view') {
dbmopen(%phone_numbers, "$ENV{HOME}/phone_numbers", 0666) || die "Can't
open database: $!\n"; #Open database for reading
foreach (keys %phone_numbers) {
exit 0;
} else {
die "Usage: $0 [add|view]\n";

format STDOUT =
@<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< @##-###-####

@##-###-#### is not a valid format string, that is a three digit number
followed by the literal string '-###-####'.

$phone_numbers{$_} #needs to print the keys of the hash for the name, and
values for the phone number so it will be like this "Some Name
555-555-5555" .

format STDOUT_TOP =
Full Name Phone Numbers
========= =============

You probably want something more like this:

use warnings;
use strict;
use DB_File;

print "CSCC Workstudy/Co-Op/Intern Contact Manager\n",
"Version 0.6\n";

@ARGV == 1 or die "Usage: $0 [add|view]\n";

# define hashes
tie my %phone_numbers, 'DB_File', "$ENV{HOME}/phone_numbers"
or die "Can't open $ENV{HOME}/phone_numbers: $!\n";
#tie my %email_address, 'DB_File', "$ENV{HOME}/email_address"
# or die "Can't open $ENV{HOME}/email_address: $!\n";

if ( $ARGV[ 0 ] eq 'add' ) {
print "\nFull Name: ";
chomp( my $full_name = <STDIN> );
print "Phone Number: ";
chomp( my $phone_number = <STDIN> );
$phone_numbers{ $full_name } = join '-', $phone_number =~
elsif ( $ARGV[ 0 ] eq 'view' ) {
for ( keys %phone_numbers ) {

format STDOUT_TOP =
Full Name Phone Numbers
========= =============

format STDOUT =
@<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< @>>>>>>>>>>>
$_, $phone_numbers{$_}

untie %phone_numbers;
exit 0;



Yea I read that dbmopen was superseded by the "tie" function but I couldn't
figure out the permissions for it:

tie(%HIST, 'NDBM_File', '/usr/lib/news/history', 1, 0);

Which is what I though the 1,0 was there for. A quick question though, any
certain reason why you used DB_File in your code over any of the other