As of 8.2 we could allow assignment to
arbitrary positions by filling the intermediate positions with nulls.
The code hasn't actually been changed to allow that, but it's something
we could consider doing now.


At first blush, this strikes me as a bit too magical/implicit. Are there other languages where sequences behave similarly?

> perl -e '@A = (1, 2, 3); print "@A\n"; $A[10] = 10; print "@A\n";'
1 2 3
1 2 3        10

- John D. Burger
  MITRE


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