I can understand adding a "use strict" when it would highlight the problem, but the presence/absence of strict was strictly irrelevant to the OP's problem. I personally use strict in modules (i.e. code used by other code) but not in scripts, and find the Perlmonks "use strict" dogmatism heavy-handed and annoying.
And surely any "complete application" should have a test suite, too, but we shouldn't expect people to include those with their replies!
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