[erlang-questions] Function Declaration Syntax

James Hague <>
Mon May 16 16:49:21 CEST 2011

On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 6:34 AM, Torben Hoffmann
<> wrote:
> This is - in my book - a step backwards.
> You should haev the spec for the function and then pattern matching in the
> function clauses since it gives you:
> Overview of what the function does.
> 1st level overview of how the function branches out.
> This makes debugging so much faster than having to get inside a function
> only to meet a case on the parameters as the first thing.

My personal style:

I keep everything in the function header if there are only a couple of

If there are, say, four parameters to a function and only the first
one is used for pattern matching, then I use "case." That makes it
clear at a glance which parameters matter for matching and which are


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