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base(3)                Perl Programmers Reference Guide                base(3)

       base - Establish IS-A relationship with base classes at compile time

           package Baz;
           use base qw(Foo Bar);

       Allows you to both load one or more modules, while setting up inheritance from those modules at the same time.
       Roughly similar in effect to

           package Baz;
           BEGIN {
               require Foo;
               require Bar;
               push @ISA, qw(Foo Bar);

       If any of the listed modules are not loaded yet, base silently attempts to "require" them (and silently contin-
       ues if the "require" failed).  Whether to "require" a base class module is determined by the absence of a
       global variable $VERSION in the base package.  If $VERSION is not detected even after loading it, <base> will
       define $VERSION in the base package, setting it to the string "-1, set by".

       Will also initialize the fields if one of the base classes has it.  Multiple inheritence of fields is NOT sup-
       ported, if two or more base classes each have inheritable fields the 'base' pragma will croak.  See fields,
       public and protected for a description of this feature.

       Base class package "%s" is empty.
  was unable to require the base package, because it was not found in your path.

       This module was introduced with Perl 5.004_04.

       Due to the limitations of the implementation, you must use base before you declare any of your own fields.


perl v5.8.8                       2001-09-21                           base(3)