in reply to Re^2: eval $VERSION in modules?
in thread eval $VERSION in modules?

I was ignorantly cut-and-pasting; thanks for clarifying why the idiom is useful for ExtUtils::MakeMaker but not for most uses.

I considered mentioning the quotes, but didn't, because I thought that Perl determined the ‘purpose’ of a scalar when it was used, not when it was created. As you point out, I was wrong:

$ perl -MDevel::Peek -e 'Dump "0.08"; Dump 0.08' SV = PV(0x80306c) at 0x800cc0 REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (POK,READONLY,pPOK) PV = 0x205700 "0.08"\0 CUR = 4 LEN = 8 SV = NV(0x812e00) at 0x800c6c REFCNT = 1 FLAGS = (NOK,READONLY,pNOK) NV = 0.08