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Which is better, foo[n_Integer] or foo[n_?IntegerQ] ?

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  • Subject: [mg103770] Which is better, foo[n_Integer] or foo[n_?IntegerQ] ?
  • From: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at 12000.org>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at 12000.org>

I am trying to improve some code I wrote by making the function definition 
more clear by setting restriction on the parameters.

I noticed that I could write the following

foo[n_Integer] := n^2
boo[n_?IntegerQ] := n^2

Both the above mean the same thing to me. i.e. the function is defined to 
take only integer argument.

Is one better to use? or any one is just as good? (the first uses 2 less 
characters!)

thank you,
--Nasser






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