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A list in Perl is a collection of scalar values. We can access the elements of a list using indexes. Index starts with 0 (0th index refers to the first element of the list). We use parenthesis and comma operators to construct a list. In Perl, scalar variables start with a $ symbol whereas list variables start with @ symbol.
List provides various pre-defined Functions to perform operations with ease. Some of these Functions are as below:

  • join() function
    join() function is used to combine the elements of a List into a single string with the use of a separator provided to separate each element. This function returns the joined string. A separator can work only between the pairs. A separator can’t be placed at either end of the string. In order to join the strings without a separator, an empty parameter is passed to the function.

    Syntax: join(Separator, List)


    • Separator: provided to separate each element while joining
    • List: to be converted to single String

    Returns: a joined String

    Example :

    # Initializing list with alphabets A to Z
    @list = (A..Z);
    # Printing the original list
    print "List: @list\n";
    # Using join function introducing
    # hyphen between each alphabets
    print "\nString after join operation:\n";
    print join("-", @list);



    List: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    String after join operation:
  • reverse() function
    Reverse() function in Perl returns the elements of List in reverse order in a list context. While in a scalar context, it returns a concatenated string of the values of List, with all characters in opposite order. It returns String in Scalar Context and List in List Context.

    Syntax: reverse List

    List: list to be reversed

    Returns: elements in reverse order


    # Initializing a list
    @list = ("Raj", "E123", 12000);
    # Reversing the list
    @rname = reverse(@list);
    # Printing the reversed list
    print "Reversed list is @rname";
    # Initializing a scalar
    $string = "GeeksforGeeks";
    # Reversing a scalar
    $r = reverse($string);
    print "\nReversed string is $r";



    Reversed list is 12000 E123 Raj
    Reversed string is skeeGrofskeeG
  • map() function
    map() function in Perl evaluates the operator provided as a parameter for each element of List. For each iteration, $_ holds the value of the current element, which can also be assigned to allow the value of the element to be updated. map() function runs an expression on each element of an array and returns a new array with the updated results. It returns the total number of elements generated in scalar context and list of values in list context.

    Syntax: map(operation, List)

    • operation: to be performed on list elements
    • List: whose elements need to be changed

    Example :

    # Initializing a list
    @Dept = ('comp', 'inft', 'extc', 'mech');
    # Converting first character capital
    @upd1 = map(ucfirst, @Dept);
    # Printing list
    print "List with First char capital: ";
    foreach $i (@upd1
       print "$i, ";
    # Converting all characters capital
    @upd2 = map(uc, @Dept);
    # Printing list
    print "\nList with all char capital: ";
    foreach $i (@upd2
       print "$i, ";



    List with First char capital: Comp, Inft, Extc, Mech, 
    List with all char capital: COMP, INFT, EXTC, MECH, 
  • sort() function
    sort() function in Perl is used to arrange the List according to the condition of sorting specified to the function. If no condition is specified, then it sorts according to normal alphabetical sequence.
    If a condition is specified then the function sorts the List according to the condition.

    Syntax: sort(condition, List)


    # Initializing two lists
    @country = ('India', 'Qatar', 'Bangladesh', 'France', 'Italy');
    @capital = ('Delhi', 'Lahore', 'Dhaka', 'Paris', 'Rome');
    # Printing countries in sorted order
    print"Countries in sorted order: \n";
    print sort @country;
    print "\n";
    # Printing sorted country and capital values
    print "\nCombining both the lists in sorted order:\n";
    print sort @country, @capital;
    print "\n";
    # Initializing a list with number
    @list = (19, 4, 54, 33, 99, 2);
    # Sorting in descending order
    @s = sort{$b <=> $a} @list;
    print "\nPrinting numbers in sorted order:\n";
    foreach $i(@s)
        print "$i, ";



    Countries in sorted order: 
    Combining both the lists in sorted order:
    Printing numbers in sorted order:
    99, 54, 33, 19, 4, 2, 

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Last Updated : 07 May, 2019
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