|I think what I'm trying to do is build an anonymous object, set its name attribute, and then use the name attribute to call methods on it.
Well, what difference does it make to your program what the thing is called? You can deal with references, since you are creating the objects. I would probably either change the config format or parse it and generate some kind of tree structure. Then you just walk down the tree, adding the child nodes as you go. It might call for a recursive function. I've had good luck with Tree::DAG_Node and its walk_down() method.
Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
<code> <a> <b> <big>
<blockquote> <br /> <dd>
<dl> <dt> <em> <font>
<h1> <h2> <h3> <h4>
<h5> <h6> <hr /> <i>
<li> <nbsp> <ol> <p>
<small> <strike> <strong>
<sub> <sup> <table>
<td> <th> <tr> <tt>
Snippets of code should be wrapped in
<code> tags not
<pre> tags. In fact, <pre>
tags should generally be avoided. If they must
be used, extreme care should be
taken to ensure that their contents do not
have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent
horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor
Want more info? How to link
or How to display code and escape characters
are good places to start.