Prototyping has a use when running with the strict 'subs' pragma. While it is in effect, you will have to prototype your subs to use the bareword style when calling:
or, use the ampersand or parens:
*** Special thanks to Nat Torkington. I've been reading Jon Orwant's Computer Science and Perl Programming
book lately. Good information, and a good review of perl topics you may have forgotten.
Pick it up if you don't have it.
J. J. Horner