in reply to parsing malformed CSV with per column quote chars
Just did a quick search on metacpan for "tie hash csv". It looks like Tie::Handle::CSV might be doing something along the lines of what you want. After doing a quick scan through its documentation, it looks like it shouldn't be too difficult to create a hash using this module.
If I understand your previously used method correctly, Tie::Array::CSV can easily parse out a CSV file into an AoA structure - or as I like to think of it, a two dimensional array. It also allows you to pass parameters to Tie::File and Text::CSV, which it uses to do all of the real work.