Gary,

     How are you going about learning Perl?  

Thank you,

Eric Kempter
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* Eric.Kempter@robertmondavi.com



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Kuznitz  [SMTP:docfxit@calwest.net]
> Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2000 1:46 PM
> To:   boldt@ca.ibm.com; MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject:      Re: AS/400 Perl Challenges
> 
> On 13 Jan 00, at 8:01, boldt@ca.ibm.com wrote:
> > Gary wrote:
> > >When trying to run a perl script on the 400 I'm getting the 
> following
> > >errors:
> > >    Global symbol "ip" requires explicit package name at , line 
> 14.
> > >    Global symbol "user" requires explicit package name at , line
> > >14.
> > Hi Gary!  First off, these errors are not unique to the AS/400.
> > What's happening is that "use strict;" places certain restrictions 
> > on the program for the purpose of weeding out common 
> programming errors. 
> > Using "use strict;" is considered a good thing, and forces you to 
> use
> > certain highly recommended things.  The one thing it requires is 
> that
> > all variables be declared before use. (That's the message you're
> > getting over and over again.)  Declare your names using the 
> function
> > "my".  At the beginning, add the statement "my ($ip, $user, 
> $pass);"
> > and you'll eliminate the first 3 of your error messages.
> > 
> > Regarding -W, try coding -w instead.
> > 
> > (I'm not familiar with "use diagnostics", so I can't help there.)
> > 
> > Finally, the best place to start when debugging Perl programs
> > is the documentation.  To start with, check the FAQ at
> > <http://www.perl.com/pub/v/faqs/>.  When you've read everything
> > and you still can't get things working, check the newsgroup
> > comp.lang.perl.misc.  But I'll warn you, if they even suspect
> > you haven't read the FAQ, they may not be very helpful.  You're
> > expected to read the docs first before posting there.
> > 
> > Cheers!  Hans
> > 
> > Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, 
> boldt@ca.ibm.com
> 
> Thank you very much Hans.  This is just what I needed.  I'm happy 
> to read the documentation now that I know where it's at.  
> Boy !  I sure am glad you started me off on the right foot with the 
> suggestion of adding the statement "my ($ip, $user, $pass);"
> I would have never guessed that from the FAQ.  Since I ran the 
> script once with the "use strict;" statement and then commented it 
> out because it generated so many errors I'm guessing even though 
> the program ended I would have to sign off the session for it to not 
> "use strict;" while running.  Pretty strange it persists after the 
> program ended. 
> 
> Thanks again,
> 
> Gary Kuznitz
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