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That makes it sound like the left side is only unshifted onto the parameter list in the third cases, but actually it's unshifted in all three cases.

Also, I'd cut out the talk of classes and just say it needs to be a package name. For example, File::Spec is not a class in the normal sense of the word, but it's a package name that can appear on the left side of the arrow.

Here's my attempt at explaining ->...

Otherwise the right side is a bareword method name, or a simple scalar variable containing a method name or coderef. The left side will be evaluated in scalar context and unshifted onto the parameter list, and then the method or coderef will be called. Except where the right side is a coderef, the left side must evaluate to an object (a blessed reference, see perlobj) or a package name - otherwise method resolution (i.e. determining the code to run given a method name) will fail.

perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'

In reply to Re^6: How to call a sub-routine ref by tobyink
in thread How to call a sub-routine ref by greengaroo

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