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declare/initialize variables at bottom of script?
If you want to go old-school, there's also the vars pragma for declaring package variables (which is what you get with our):
use vars qw($scalar @array %hash $etc);
But I must say I second BrowserUk's preferred practice and would echo his question: what advantage do you see for doing it your way?
Non-existent; I don't have TV
Non-existent; my TV doesn't have/need a remote
Under my control; I watch alone
Under the control of whoever shouts loudest
Under the control of whoever gets it first
One of many, and the TV has a mind of its own
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