tqisjim has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Here is some output from Data::Dumper:

$VAR1 = { 'shared' => \'true', 'parents' => [ { 'isRoot' => $VAR1->{'shared'} } ] };

Naturally, this looks like executable perl code. But it doesn't work. Upon evaluation:

$VAR1->{parents}->[0]->{isRoot} == undef

It's clear why the results are what they are. But I'm surprised that such a ubiquitous utility would have such a fundamental shortcoming. I'm trying to use this forum to publicize some of my recent distros. And this discovery is coupled with bugs due to my blind reliance on Data::Dumper.

I'm struggling to incorporate some elegant workaround, and counting on the probability that someone has effectively dealt with this problem already.

Any thoughts or meditations? -Thanks!