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This sounds like a job for anonymous subs:

my %constructor= { MSWin32 => sub { FTP::Session::Win32->new( @_ ) }, HPUX => sub { FTP::Session::HPUX->new( @_ ) }, } my $ctor= $constructor{$^O}; die "No constructor for $^O" if ! $ctor; my $session= $ctor->( ... ); # Old Perl requires: $session= &$ctor( ... );

The next best thing is UNIVERSAL::can(), which returns a reference to a named method. But then you need to cache each class name so that you can pass that in to the sub that you got a reference to:

my %class= { MSWin32 => "FTP::Session::Win32", HPUX => "FTP::Session::HPUX", } my %constructor= { MSWin32 => FTP::Session::Win32->can("new"), HPUX => FTP::Session::HPUX->can( "new" ), } my $ctor= $constructor{$^O}; die "No constructor for $^O" if ! $ctor; my $session= $ctor->( $class{$^O}, ... ); # Old Perl requires: $session= &$ctor( $class{$^O}, ... );

In reply to Re: Calling a class constructor as a function on input arguments by tye
in thread Calling a class constructor as a function on input arguments by princepawn

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