There are debates about whether the next version of Perl should able to eliminate them properly with a garbage collector, but that is still the subject of discussion.
and as someone on DALnet #perl said the other day: the good ones confess.
. . . they just leave the symbol table.
Did you mean that they die, not Die?
#line 666 "work while debugging"
s aamecha.s a..a\u$&owag.print
Ruby is interesting to play with, but even today, 6 years later, the document really sucks. I won't make any serious attemp simply because of its poor document.
It takes a great guy to realize this 6 years ago.
Frying pan on the stove
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