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This is no longer in answer to you initial question, as dbp pointed out that Date::Calc does not provide an object interface, but I got curious as to what happens when you call a method on something that is not an object. Lessee...
#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w use strict; package Test; print Test->method(); sub method { my $self=shift; return $self; } __END__ Test
Ah, that's right - you get the package name. I knew this ;).

So that answers your question: if no object has been created, calling a function with -> results in the function getting the package name as the first argument. This also explains the error in your script: Date::Calc::Add_Delta_Days gets 'Date::Calc' as the year, hence the usage message.

Update: See bart's post below for some more information on -> syntax.


In reply to Re^3: Perl module symbol import versus direct invocation by robartes
in thread Perl module symbol import versus direct invocation by JayBonci

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