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At 23:45 19/10/2013 +0200, Paul Steyn wrote:
On Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:46:56 +0100 Brian Barker wrote:
Remember that multiplication precedes addition and subtraction in evaluation, so many of your parenthesis pairs are unnecessary. You may think they clarify things, but in my experience they obfuscate the meaning of a formula and mask errors.

While I agree with Brian's other points, I just wanted to comment that normally, I find it much better to include parentheses around sums, ...

Sums? But sums (along with differences) often do need parentheses, of course: it's products and quotients that often don't.

... explicitly stating the order, rather than relying on (sometimes differing) operator precedence rules.

"Sometimes differing"?!  Is this the new mathematics?  ;^)

This also helps to group things, and in my opinion usually makes things more clear, rather than obfuscating anything.

Chacun à son goût, of course.

Brian Barker

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