I tried to answer the question "How to print a hash in Perl, such that 3 key value pairs are printed on each line?" like this.

As I got an uncommented downvote, I'd like to ask: What's wrong with/How to improve:

use Modern::Perl;

my %h = ();
for (0..7) {
    $h{$_} = chr(65 + $_);
print %h, "\n";
my $cols = +$ARGV[0] || 5;
my $n = -$cols;
for my $key (keys %h) {
    print $key, ' => ', $h{$key}, 0 == ++$n % $cols ? "\n" : "\t\t";
print $n % $cols ? "\n------" : "------";

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Wrong is too heavy word, and I don't why it get down voted, but minor improvements are possible.

  • Modern::Perl is not core module and it usually means strict, warnings, and perhaps autodie are used (plus some other tweaks).

  • chr() is not needed, and hash slice assignment works equally well, not to mention that it is perl idiom

  • keys %h may generate large in memory list for bigger hashes, and while .. each handles such cases better. There is a catch with each as it uses internal hash pointer which needs to be reset with keys %h if you want to start back from hash beginning (in non LIST context keys %h doesn't generate list).

use strict;
use warnings;

my %h;
@h{ 0 .. 7 } = "A" .. "H";
my $cols = 3;
my $n = -$cols;

keys %h;
while ( my ($k,$v) = each(%h) ) {
  print "$k => $v";
  print 0 == ++$n % $cols ? "\n" : "\t\t";
print "\n" if $n % $cols;
print "------";

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