Here's an excellent article by xdg
that will help clear things up: version-numbers-should-be-boring
Update: I just noticed where your confusion might be originating
our $VERSION = '0.08';
$Version = eval $VERSION;
"0.08' doesn't fit in here. Using xdg
our $VERSION = '0.001_001';
$VERSION = eval $VERSION;
It's the "decimal alpha version" or the numbers used by "developer releases".
Those releases must use decimal alpha to keep from reporting the wrong module version number.
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