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This thread discusses the differences.
Thanks for the pointer to the discussion of parens. In the context per my example, it would appear that the programmer may have cribbed it from some other code (as do we all).
Use two parentheses: (Like this: :) )
Use one parenthesis: (Like this: :)
Reverse direction of the smiley: (Like this: (: )
Use angle/square brackets instead of parentheses
Use C-style commenting to set the smiley off from the closing parenthesis
Make the smiley a dunce: (:>
I disapprove of emoticons
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