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Re: What is the significance of a package

by muba (Priest)
on Jul 06, 2012 at 23:05 UTC ( #980395=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What is the significance of a package

One important feature is that packages give you namespaces. Entries with identical names can co-exist because they live in different namespaces. As to demonstrate:

### use strict; use warnings; use Bar; use subs qw(foo); foo; sub foo { print "Foo, from the main package.\n"; }
### package Bar; use strict; use warnings; sub foo { print "Also foo, but this comes from the Bar package.\n"; print "(And no, if my wife calls, I'm not at the bar!)\n"; }

Try to do this without packages, and Perl will rightfully complain, "Subroutine foo redefined at ...". Which is hardly ever what you want.

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