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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Very nice article, I liked it.

    A question, though: I admit I don't understand all the magic behind overloading constants, but shouldn't the example on page 2

    return __PACKAGE__->new($_[0]) || $_[1]
    be testing the result of the constructor call with defined()? Is it possible, with all the overloading going on, that the result of new('0/1') would be interpreted as a number 0 and thus appear to fail?
  • The article had some very nice examples in it, especially for the use of constant overloading. I used to think that was only good for confusing your coworkers with "zero but true"-hacks.

    I'm not sure your arguments hold true, that the code would be less clean in Java. Having multiple methods would be much nicer in my opionion. Maybe it's just me, but I think that elsif is one of the ugliest constructs ever invented (right after the switch statement).

    I know that its not possible in Perl, but I think its