in reply to Storable alternatives
Storable has produced some very interesting .. ahem .. problems for me that I never quite figured out. I would freeze something, then thaw it again, and it came out corrupted. Some did, some didn’t. I don’t know if it was the Perl version, the system (an AS/400), or what. But what I did find, that worked out equally well for me (given that storage-space was not a concern), was good ol’ JSON, stored in a memo-field in a database. (Which had the added bonus of being human-readable.) I’ve worked with plenty of legacy systems since then which seem to have no problems with it, but I’ve become gun-shy.