Surely by definition, if you can override a method it isn't private :-)
Heh :) Perl is less modest about its private parts. When "private" methods are merely a matter of convention, scalability suffers. You bring this up quite nicely with you _something_else example. If Perl's OO was cleaner, fewer programmers would struggle with the subtle bugs of accidentally overriding private methods. Considered in that light, perhaps all private methods should be implemented via coderefs to ensure that this problem just goes away.
The more I consider OO in Perl, the more I'm inclined to agree with tye's insistence that inheritance should be avoided (at least in Perl).
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