Indeed, each filehandle is independent of all others and will keep its own reference to where it was in the file it is connected to. So it has no need to rescan from the very beginning of the file to get the next line.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James
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