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I think glob and readline are great at specifying exactly what you are doing, and both are resistant to casual errors, especially when your glob and filehandle can look so close:
my $line = <$fh>; # Filehandle? my $file = <*fs>; # Glob?
Much better to be specific, like you say:
my $line = $fh->readline(); # Filehandle! my ($file) = glob("*fs"); # Glob!
The angle brackets and the whole DWIM thing are for "programmer efficiency" and not necessarily "program clarity". In some cases, you would want to avoid them entirely.

In reply to Re: Pronounceable syntax or beloved punctuation? by tadman
in thread Pronounceable syntax or beloved punctuation? by Juerd

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