Data::Dump - Pretty printing of data structures
use Data::Dump qw(dump); $str = dump(@list) @copy_of_list = eval $str;
This module provides a single function called dump() that takes a list of values as its argument and produces a string as its result. The string contains Perl code that, when
evaled, produces a deep copy of the original arguments. The string is formatted for easy reading.
If dump() is called in a void context, then the dump is printed on STDERR instead of being returned.
If you don't like importing a function that overrides Perl's not-so-useful builtin, then you can also import the same function as pp(), mnemonic for "pretty-print".
Data::Dump module grew out of frustration with Sarathy's in-most-cases-excellent
Data::Dumper. Basic ideas and some code are shared with Sarathy's module.
Data::Dump module provides a much simpler interface than
Data::Dumper. No OO interface is available and there are no configuration options to worry about (yet :-). The other benefit is that the dump produced does not try to set any variables. It only returns what is needed to produce a copy of the arguments. This means that
dump("foo") simply returns
dump(1..5) simply returns
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Data::Dump module is written by Gisle Aas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, based on
Data::Dumper by Gurusamy Sarathy <email@example.com>.
Copyright 1998-2000,2003-2004 Gisle Aas. Copyright 1996-1998 Gurusamy Sarathy.
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.