in reply to calling perl subroutines in other files
While there are several ways that you can get around creating a module and doing use Mymod, it's not really a wise thing to do for several reasons. The main reasons are:
- If you have a look at many of the modules on CPAN, they do a lot of strange, interesting, and sometimes evil things... internally. But since they are properly-built modules, the calling code doesn't have to worry about this. Scoping your variables properly will achieve most of this as well, but making the module is better.
- do "filename.pl" assumes you know the name and location of the file. use package works based on @INC, which you can change, and the package name, which you control. (Yes, the filename still comes into play, but it's a bit cleaner.) This means it works in Windows and Un*x, since you don't have to use system-specific paths/delimiters/conventions.
- It's kind of silly to circumvent use and require. They were designed to do what you want, and work well. C'mon! Everybody's doing it. You want to be cool, don't you? ;-)
Seriously, though, when you consider that h2xs does most of the prep work for you, making a module out of a sub is pretty much cut, paste, change a few things in the header, save, done.