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2.5 Scalar Variables

A variable is a name for a container that holds one or more values. The name of the variable is constant throughout the program, but the value or values contained in that variable typically change over and over again throughout the execution of the program.

A scalar variable holds a single scalar value (representing a number, a string, or a reference). Scalar variable names begin with a dollar sign followed by a letter, and then possibly more letters, or digits, or underscores.[9] Upper- and lowercase letters are distinct: the variable $A is a different variable from $a. And all of the letters, digits, and underscores are significant, so:

[9] Limited to 255 characters, however. We hope that suffices.


is different from:


You should generally select variable names that mean something regarding the value of the variable. For example, $xyz123 is probably not very descriptive, but $line_length is.

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