Planning ahead for Perl 6, and after reading
it seems best to get used to calling close() explicitly.
AFAICT, in Perl 6, by default, the file handle will not get
closed until a Dead Object Detection (DOD) run is triggered,
which is not guaranteed to happen on scope exit.
This is because Parrot will replace Perl 5's simple reference
counting with full garbage collection. Though languages (such as
Perl 5) that run on Parrot can implement traditional Perl 5-style
reference counting/timely destruction semantics, it seems likely
that doing so will incur a performance penalty (triggering a
DOD run on scope exit, for instance).