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For user-defined functions, I always use parens. This is being kind to the Perl parser, making it easier and less error-prone to switch between "use" (compile-time) and "require" (run-time). I've seen Perl newbies spend hours trying to figure out what is wrong because they didn't use parens when calling their user-defined functions. For example:

use strict; Fred; sub Fred { print "in function Fred\n" }
produces the error Bareword "Fred" not allowed while "strict subs" in use at fn.pl line 2..

Re style guide, I quite like Abigail's My coding guidelines. If you know of any other good ones, please let me know, because I hope to (eventually) write a tutorial that will include recommendations on Perl style.


In reply to Re: Embracing functions with parentheses by eyepopslikeamosquito
in thread Embracing functions with parentheses by crenz

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