[erlang-questions] Good form

Robert Carbone erlang@REDACTED
Fri Mar 15 16:16:18 CET 2019

I couldn't agree more with Hugo & Richard -

We are programming in a high level language here; you shouldn't be 
trying to compact your code unless you are /trying /to obfuscate it.

And as far as I understand it,*the compiler is going to make those 
substitution optimizations for you*.


So absolutely, line up your variables nicely,  give them good names, 
keep things in short & make it readable.
Other peeps, & more probably your future-self, will thank you.

All this is great Erlang coding technique and solid habits to be forming.

- Rob C.
/scriptculture.com /

On 3/14/19 6:35 PM, Hugo Mills wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 06:12:35PM -0400, Donald Steven wrote:
>> Sometimes, when a variable is bound then used only once in a
>> function call, it seems easier just to just use what it is bound to
>> directly in the function call, bypassing the first step.
>> Here's an example:
>> getSound(Event) ->element(evaluate:probableElement(evaluate:probabilities(maps:get(elementTag,
>> Event))),
>> hd(lists:nth(maps:get(templateTag, Event),
>> agitatedSoundResources(maps:get(scalarTag, Event),
>> maps:get(registerTag,
>> Event), maps:get(transpositionTag, Event))))).
>> Alternatively, I could have declared, for example, a raft of
>> variable like ElementNumber, ElementTag, TemplateTag, etc.
>> I realize that this all-in-one-compact version tends towards
>> inscrutabel c code liek &X++ ?.
>> How do you approach the temptation to avoid discrete steps in favor
>> of compactness?
>     I don't find it tempting at all. :)
>     The discrete steps can be useful documentation, because you can
> give the interim variables meaningful names, explaining (a little)
> what it is that you're doing.
>     It also helps to break up the calls for formatting and readability,
> particularly if you have functions with multiple parameters in the
> sequence.
>     Hugo.
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