in reply to eval $VERSION in modules?

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's example:
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.