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Extended API for manipulating hashes
Internal handling of hash keys has changed. The old hashtable API is still fully supported, and will likely remain so. The additions to the API allow passing keys as SV*s, so that tied hashes can be given real scalars as keys rather than plain strings (nontied hashes still can only use strings as keys). New extensions must use the new hash access functions and macros if they wish to use SV* keys. These additions also make it feasible to manipulate HE*s (hash entries), which can be more efficient. See the perlguts manpage for details.

Source: what's new for perl5.004
Copyright: Larry Wall, et al.
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