📘 state variables in Perl 6

📘 state variables in Raku

N. B. Perl 6 has been renamed to Raku. Click to read more.


State variables (declared with the keyword state) appeared in Perl 5.10 and work in Perl 6. Such variables are initialized during the first call and keep their values in subsequent sub calls.

It is important to keep in mind that a single instance of the variable is created. Let us return to the example with a counter and replace the my declaration with the state one. The closure will now contain a reference to the same variable.

sub seq($init) {
     state $c = $init;
     return {$c++};
}

What happens when you create more than one closure?

my $a = seq(1);
my $b = seq(42);

All of them will reference the same variable, which will increase after calling either $a() or $b().

say $a(); # 1
say $a(); # 2
say $b(); # 3
say $a(); # 4
say $b(); # 5

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