Basically I agree, it can be a problem in complex class hierarchies. However:
- We now have the lovely NEXT that allows us to write AUTOLOAD routines that gracefully decline. I would imagine that it will even be efficient once perl6 hits the streets :-)
- I don't have an issue with AUTOLOAD as long as the module author documents it's presence.
- It's nearly always possible to get around the problem with a bit of trivial object delegation.
- If your code isn't OO it's not an issue
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