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A question of style
I generally prefer to use parens, but be aware that the following two statements are not identical:
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.