More importantly, use utf8; allows you to do
my $foo = 'ñ';
So far, I've stuck to ASCII in my sources, so use utf8; wouldn't do anything for me.
I thought the preferred way to decode/encode the program's input/output was by using Encode.
No way. Why encode and decode everything yourself when you can let PerlIO do it. At least, that's the way I see it.
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