I understand what you're saying, but I would appreciate some clarification on a couple things...
You mentioned that Win32::OLE doesn't perform the checks, but that Data::Dumper does. However, if I understand my own code (unlikely, but I have hope), I'm not calling Win32::OLE repeatedly.. I thought I just had one Data::Dumper call, and it took care of the rest.. thus, if it functioned as you say, wouldn't it find the 'infinite' loop?
I suspect I'm not understanding how Data::Dumper works. BTW, above I'm referring to when I just passed $doc straight to Data::Dumper, not when I used the recursive function. Does that make sense?
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