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in reply to brian's Guide to Solving Any Perl Problem
Also, in your particular example, I always prefer the output of Dumper(\%hash) to that of Dumper(%hash).
Recently, I've been sometimes using the even-less-typing-required use YAML; print Dump(...), but that requires actually installing YAML first. And I'm still not nearly as used to the YAML format as I am to Data::Dumper format.