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If you use a module, Perl deals with it at compile time. If you require a module, Perl deals with it at run time.

I typically like to use a module because it allows me to check everything via a perl -c after I've finished coding. It I used require instead, I wouldn't find out that something was wrong until I ran the program for the first time. YMMV, just my own personal preference.

require is handy though if your program needs to do something based on whether you have a module installed on your system. You can test for this at runtime.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; # do we have FOO::Bar on this system? eval { require FOO::Bar }; if ($@) { # FOO::Bar not installed } else { # FOO::Bar installed }
-- vek --

In reply to Re^3: Program structure: subs vs modules vs Selfloader by vek
in thread Program structure: subs vs modules vs Selfloader by bradcathey

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