The trick is to have lots of nodes that people like before
you go on exile...
As for functional programming, I like it but I wish that I had known more about the programming style which already had the name "functional programming" when I wrote that node. What I described is similar, but not the same, and I fear that I have created a bad meme among Perl programmers which nothing can be done about. :-(
PS And both for this and for all of the messages that I am not replying to personally, thanks for welcoming me back. :-)