The longer the list, the more you find yourself typing out commas and quotes to separate each element.
@myNames = ('Jacob', 'Michael', 'Joshua', 'Matthew', 'Alexander', 'Andrew');
Fortunately, Perl has a built-in quote word function that makes those single word lists easier to read and write:
The quote word function qw(STRING) takes each element in the string passed to it and splits it on the white space, placing each item into an array element. You'll find that it's often written out as in the following example:
@myNames = qw(Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Alexander Andrew);
@myNames = qw/Jacob Michael Joshua Matthew Alexander Andrew/;