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Id: 119162
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Queue: Scalar-List-Utils

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Requestors: NEILB [...]

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Severity: Wishlist
Broken in: 1.46
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Subject: Proposed new function: lucky_dip (randomly selected item from list)
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Hi, I've used shuffle in a number of places, and just now wanted to select one item at random from a list. my @messages = ( "Well done!", "Awesome job", "Idiot!" ); my $message = pick @messages; you could add a parameter, so pick($n, @messages), which also addresses RT#105275 This is a trivial thing to do, but I was sure there would be a function for this in List::Util. Turns out there isn't. Was trying to think of a short and obvious name, like "pick", or "lucky_dip", but haven't yet come up with one that feels dead right. "pick" seems to match the existing terse naming, but "lucky_dip" more obviously identifies the function. Submitting as a separate ticket as the "lucky_dip" function would be best as: my $message = lucky_dip @messages; But pick would probably be best as: my ($message) = pick 1, @messages;
This can likely be handled by 1.54's "sample" my ($item) = sample 1, @list; -- Paul Evans
Cool. In your next release, maybe add sample() to SYNOPSIS? :-)

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