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Agreed, run-time loading is a less than ideal solution for any number of modules (it fubars exports, in addition to the already mentioned CHECK and INIT issues). The whole reason that I was even thinking along those lines was because I was looking to avoid having to rewrite code in the main portion of a program every time a new submodule was added to extend the functionality.

This trick is really intended for loading all modules which fullfil a predetermined API, even if they were written long after the application which will use them. Strangely enough, I am actually using perl to write reports (in this case on instances of custom applications) and wanted to stop having to rewrite the damned thing every time we came out with a new product. Now I only have to write code which can gather the desired information from each new app and massage it into the common format.

I'd love to see some way to do this without losing the exports (Win32::TieRegistry's $Registry in particular). Dynamically loading OS-dependant modules would also be nice. Also a million dollars and a pony.


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In reply to Re: Re: DWIM: autoloading classes by idsfa
in thread DWIM: autoloading classes by Ovid

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