Perl::Critic::Policy::ValuesAndExpressions::ProhibitMismatchedOperators - Don't mix numeric operators with string operands, or vice-versa.


This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.


Using the wrong operator type for a value can obscure coding intent and possibly lead to subtle errors. An example of this is mixing a string equality operator with a numeric value, or vice-versa.

    if ($foo == 'bar') {}     #not ok
    if ($foo eq 'bar') {}     #ok
    if ($foo eq 123) {}       #not ok
    if ($foo == 123) {}       #ok


This Policy is not configurable except for the standard options.


If warnings are enabled, the Perl interpreter usually warns you about using mismatched operators at run-time. This Policy does essentially the same thing, but at author-time. That way, you can find out about them sooner.

Perl handles the strings 'NaN' and 'inf' as special numbers and creates an NV struct when compared with a numeric operator. Although not necessary it is allowed to write code such as: my $i = 'inf'+0; This pattern helps others understand that the variable is indeed the Infinite or NaN numbers as Perl interprets them. Only these two special string numbers are allowed to have the '+' operator which would otherwise be allowed only for strings.


Peter Guzis <>


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