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(Ovid) Re: A question of style

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Aug 23, 2000 at 03:07 UTC ( #29131=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to A question of style

I generally prefer to use parens, but be aware that the following two statements are not identical:

&mysub; mysub();
If you call a sub with empty parentheses, the called sub has an empty @_. However, if you call it with a preceding ampersand as in the first example, the current value of @_ gets passed to the sub that you call. This is most useful when calling subs from subs.

This is more than just a matter of style. If you're not aware of that difference, coming back later to maintain that code may just break it. As a result, I prefer not to use ampersands when calling a sub unless I specifically desire to pass the contents of @_ to the called sub.

Cheers,
Ovid


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