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operator precedence in the open statement
Not trying to kick you while you're down (honestly! =]), and it could just be a case of me misreading your sentence, but the operator precedence ikegami explained is not limited to the open statement -- it's part of the perl parser in general.
Update: Ah, misread the original sentence indeed. Sorry 'bout that. No harm intended.