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I'm an advocate of DRY, passing it around increases the error probability , e.g. typos.

OTOH globals tend to have a problem, if the line distance between creation and usage gets to big, or generally if scope and context are not easy to oversee.

I'd use a block scope to simulate an object², the "global" is used like a class-attribute.

{ my $global="whatever"; sub method1 { ...; foo($global); ... } sub method2 { ...; bar($global); ... } sub ... }

Closures are in most simple cases more elegant than objects, especially in perl¹!

(they just can't inherit, but that's not a "simple" case anymore).

Cheers Rolf

UPDATES:

(¹) just compare to grandfathers lightweight object! No blessing, no $self ...

(²) "encapsulation" to be more precise


In reply to Re: DBI, $dbh, and subroutines by LanX
in thread DBI, $dbh, and subroutines by jrsimmon

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