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Should I indicate no input arguments to a function?

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Suppose I have a function which requires no inputs. Should I indicate it with parentheses () or leave it naked? Both cases work, but is there a convention in the MATLAB community?
Example:
someFunction
% do sth
end
vs
someFunction()
% do sth
end

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Stephen Cobeldick
Stephen Cobeldick on 23 Sep 2017
Use parentheses. It makes the intention clear (that you meant to define a function with no arguments), and allows you to easily check if a line-end has accidentally been altered (who has never deleted/pasted to the wrong location?).

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Sep 2017
If a function requires no inputs, I prefer to use () after calls to it. It is unambiguous, and saved remember whether the name is a function directly or a function handle (function handles require the () to call them)

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Zoltán Csáti
Zoltán Csáti on 23 Sep 2017
"prefer to use () after calls to it". At the call site, I also put () to differentiate from a variable. If I understood well you also put for the definition (as in my example above), do you?
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 23 Sep 2017
If I am creating a function with no arguments then it is most likely because I am answering a question here, tossing together something of no lasting importance. In such cases I usually do not bother to put the () in the function definition. In my own code, I do not typically have functions with no parameters.

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