Uncapture modifier. The new /r regexp substitution modifier in Perl 5.13.2 indicates that there might be hope for even more modifiers in the future. A possible modifier might be one that ignores all capture groups, which can solve this guy's problem.
require that can also import. I wonder why "require" doesn't also support importing like "use" does: use MODULE_NAME LIST... since it already support "require MODULE_NAME". This way, whenever I want to defer loading some modules, I can just replace "use" with "require" and put the statement under some "if" statement.
the backtick function.. Do you find yourself often having to do use a temporary variable like this, $cmd = "some longish and ".quote("complexly formed")."command"; before doing backtick `$cmd`? This is because unlike in PHP, we have system() but no backtick(). Most probably remnants from shell. There is Capture::Tiny for more general solution but of course it's a bit more cumbersome.