Has the age-old art of reading the documentation indeed finally been lost?
From the docs of Data::Dumper:
Given a list of scalars or reference variables, writes out their contents in perl syntax. The references can also be objects. The content of each variable is output in a single Perl statement. Handles self-referential structures correctly.
The return value can be evaled to get back an identical copy of the original reference structure.
And see also the example in the Synopsis.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James
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