FAQ 7.11 How do I create a class?

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7.11: How do I create a class?

    (contributed by brian d foy)

    In Perl, a class is just a package, and methods are just subroutines.
    Perl doesn't get more formal than that and lets you set up the package
    just the way that you like it (that is, it doesn't set up anything for

    The Perl documentation has several tutorials that cover class creation,
    including perlboot (Barnyard Object Oriented Tutorial), perltoot (Tom's
    Object Oriented Tutorial), perlbot (Bag o' Object Tricks), and perlobj.


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