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and I don't see that as a bad practice. Works like expected and is documented. The alternative would be to shove the result explicitly through three other subs:
$thingy -> foo (1,2) -> to_output_channel; $string = $thingy -> foo (1,2) -> as_string; @lines = $thingy -> foo (1,2) -> as_list;
which gains me what exactly?
It gains you
  1. explicit clarity of intent
  2. 3 parameterizable output methods
  3. 3 methods which can be re-used or overloaded as needed
  4. The ability to call all 3 output methods, none or any combination simply by mixing/matching method calls.
Should I avoid localtime and roll my own?
Well, no. Try Date::localtime or Time::Local or anything in the DateTime hierarchy.

Carter's compass: I know I'm on the right track when by deleting something, I'm adding functionality

In reply to Re^2: Returning undef: The point I would like Damian to reconsider by princepawn
in thread Returning undef: The point I would like Damian to reconsider by martin

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