|One suggestion. I would prefer to have your get() routine barf if you tried to get a non-existent attribute instead of proceeding. This allows you to catch typos in names at run-time.
Actually, in the original code, it printed out an error, then continued. And, returning undef does barf, if you're bothering to check your return values for error before continuing. If you're not, then you deserve all problems you get. (Hint, hint!)
To continue on with tilly's million subroutines, it's all about interfaces. A subroutine, in a very basic way, is just an API between you, the programmer, and some (hopefully!) well-defined and bug-free behavior. What the subroutine does under the hood should be something you don't have to worry about. That's one of the reasons to create a subroutine. "Code once and forget." (Also, there's "Code once, use twice" for the other reason to create subroutines.)
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