I'm actually somewhat Python-esque in my use of parentheses. I use as few parens as I can get away with, but I organize my code so that indentation plays the part that parens would for reading purposes.
As for your open/close example, I would write it as so:
open my($fh), '>', $filename
or die "Cannot open '$filename': $!\n";
print $fh $message;
I don't pay for my whitespace ... do you? :-)
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