NAME

shift - remove the first element of an array, and return it


SYNOPSIS

shift ARRAY

shift


DESCRIPTION

Shifts the first value of the array off and returns it, shortening the array by 1 and moving everything down. If there are no elements in the array, returns the undefined value. If ARRAY is omitted, shifts the @ARGV array in the main program, and the @_ array in subroutines. (This is determined lexically.) See also unshift(), push(), and pop(). Shift() and unshift() do the same thing to the left end of an array that pop() and push() do to the right end.