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NAME ^

Sex - Perl teaches the birds and the bees.

SYNOPSIS ^

  package Catholicism;
  use Sex qw(strict Religion);

  package Mormonism;
  use Sex qw(Catholicism Sex);

DESCRIPTION ^

Heterogeneous recombination of Perl packages.

Given two (or more, I'm a liberal guy) packages, Sex.pm will recombine their symbols at random recombining them into the new module thus providing a cross-section of its functions and global variables. It will also push the parent classes onto the child's @ISA array.

So you could do:

    package Net::SFTP;
    use Sex qw(Net::FTP Net::SSLeay);

And get a secure FTP client!

The recombination occurs in such a way to ensure that the child will contain -all- the symbols of both parents. Should two (or more) parents wish to bestow the same symbol on its child one will be chosen at random.

For example:

    package DejaNews;
    use Sex qw(LWP::Simple Net::NNTP);

LWP::Simple and Net::NNTP both have a head() function and thus they try to give head() to their child. Sex.pm will suck the head() off either LWP::Simple or Net::NNTP and stick it to DejaNews. Afterwards, DejaNews can procede to finally use its head().

Here's another timely example for Sex in the 21st century:

    package URI::Bot9000;
    use Sex qw(URI LWP::RobotUA protected);

Because of the dire consequences of having sex with URI, one should make sure you're well protected.

BUGS ^

There are many bugs you can get from having Sex used too often on your computer. Please be sure your programs are Safe before they have Sex.

    package Trojan;
    use Sex qw(Safe Sex);

AUTHOR ^

Michael 'The Porn King of CMU' Schwern <schwern@pobox.com>

SEE ALSO ^

'Disco Dolls in Hot Skin'

'Exhausted: The John Holmes Story'

'Deep Recursion' starring Ada Lovelace.

'The Fly' (1953)

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