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In the meantime you can build yourself a function library by reading through perlmod. As always I recommend using the example there to start your module building experiments.
Modules are just like adding functions to Perl, but you can also add variables full of data. You just set them up in the module, export them and then any program that calls a use module; will be able to use those functions and variables. The declarations happen in the module, so you can declare hundreds of variables (but you shouldn't) inside the module and then use them in the program.
Doing that will give you a firm basis for moving into object orientated programming, since packages are the basis for objects. ( I think they are actually classes, but I'm just learning this stuff too ).
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