ant has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I am currently reading about the Perl DBI module, and the first chapter explained about the Berkley DB_File and tieing hashes to a file. I followed the example from the book and succesfully got it working. However I then wrote a method that would return a particular part of a string thus (main parts of code) my $db = tie %database, 'DB_File', "simpleinsert.dat",O_CREAT | O_RDWR, 0666 or die "Cannot initialise database"; $database{'anthony1'}=new contacts_db('anthony', 'ant@hot', '14 road', '102892', '34567')->pack(); I can then access the name by my $person = new contacts_db($database{'anthony1'}); $person->unpack_name(); this then returns 'anthony'. but if i put $database{'anthony1'}->unpack_name(); nothing is brought back, why??????????