If you're going the OO way (and I think you should, together with XP's unit-testing
approach), then perltootc
has some nifty conventions for using Class data vs. Object data, "Eponymous Hashes" and "Translucent Attributes".
You'll even even find a good excuse for manipulating the Symbol Table in some cases... something to be very suspicious about normally.
Just my $0.02
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