That question doesn't belong in the spirit of Perl. If you want others to decide how you should approach things, you should be using Python, or Java. If you program Perl, you should use what you think is right for you.
Aside from the above, lots of useful info, thanks.
I do have to reply to the above though. What's that about?
Looks like I touched a nerve. When I say "Does anyone have any
thoughts...", I'm looking for suggestions and ideas
from others. I'll use those suggestions along with my
own thoughts to come to a conclusion. Since other folks
might end up using code I've written, I was hoping to
get a perspective on what they might expect.