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Avoid "future proofing" code. Almost always we guess wrong about how things are going to go in the future. Leaving decisions until they need to be made generally works better - you have better information to base the decision on. If you guess and decide early it can be much harder to change your mind. You can easily end up with either a lot of work throwing away the code that was never used and rewriting it differently, or accept a sub-optimum solution that becomes hard to understand and maintain.

With that in mind:

  1. Only pass parameters that are used
  2. Only calculate and return results that are used
  3. Don't use global variables
True laziness is hard work

In reply to Re^3: problems passing variables between subroutine by GrandFather
in thread problems passing variables between subroutines by Freezer

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