**Why Functions?**

Go Functions has same use as functions in any other language. They serve as basic building blocks of a software program. You can break a big problem into various smaller chunks i.e. functions which can be called wherever required i.e. you can avoid redundant code.

**WET**(

*We Enjoy Typing*) camp you must be someone who is happy to follow the

**DRY**(

*Don't Repeat Yourself*) principle. Functions facilitate code reuse and are thus compatible with DRY.

If you're already familiar with the basic of functions you can read the next articles of the series:

Let us try a simple function. In the following example we've defined a function named test() which is getting called in the main() function. You can play with the code here

Example# 1

**Output**of example# 1

Example# 2

Play here

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package main import "fmt" func main() { funcWithoutParam()//Calling a function that has no parameter //r is an argument, is passed to funcWithParam r := "hello from a function with a parameter!" fmt.Println(funcWithParam(r)) } //Function without a parameter func funcWithoutParam() { fmt.Println("hello from a function without a parameter!") } //Function with a parameter func funcWithParam(p string) string { return p }

**Output**of example# 2

hello from a function without a parameter!

`hello from a function with a parameter!`

**What's the difference between Example#1 and Example# 2**

**Example# 1 has a function named test() that has no parameters. Example# 2 has two functions, one with parameter and another without any parameter.**

**What's the difference between a Parameter and an Argument?**

**A**

**parameter**is the variable which is part of the function's signature. See example# 2:

func funcWithParam(

**p**string) stringHere, the variable

**p**is a parameter.

Whereas an

**argument**is the real value/data that is passed to the function when calling it. See example# 2,:

**r**:= "some string text"

func funcWithParam(

**r**)As we tend to learn quick by examples here are a few more examples of function:

**Addition of Two Numbers**

Example# 3

Play

**Output**

**9**

**Function to find Odd or Even Numbers using Modulo Operator**

**Example# 4**

Play here

**Output**Example# 4

Example# 5

**Function to find Odd or Even Numbers using Bitwise Operator**

Play with the code

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package main import "fmt" func isEvenOdd(x int) string { if (x & 1 == 0) { return "even" } else { return "odd" } } func main() { var i int fmt.Println("Enter an Integer") fmt.Scanf("%d", &i) fmt.Println(isEvenOdd(i)) }

**Additional Information**

**Do you want to know what's the precise difference between a**

**Function**and a

**Method**? Read this post Go Methods to understand it.

**Bitwise Operator to find Even or Odd Number**

**With reference to the code example# 5 many of you who are new to programming may not have understood the logic behind the code. It's a bit tricky for beginners but it is simple. Let us try to understand:**

In natural languages, when we count we use base 10 i.e. to form a number we use any of the digit starting from 0 to 9 (i.e. we have 10 options). We call this system as

**Decimal Numbers.**
Computer DOES NOT understand natural language i.e. Decimal Numbers. It understands only two numbers 0 and 1 or numbers formed by combination of these two numbers. We call this system as

**Binary Numbers**.**Decimal**

**Binary**

**0 0**

**1 001**

**2 010**

**3 011**

**4 100**

**5 101**

**6 110**

**7 111**

If you notice carefully the binary equivalent of any Odd number (marked in blue font) has 1 at the right most position. The Even numbers (marked in black font) have 0 as the right most position.

*Important Note:*

**Bitwise &**returns a one in each bit position for which the corresponding bits of both operands are ones.

We've used

**Bitwise &**operator as follows:

if (x & 1 == 0)

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`Now let us decipher the above line of code. `

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`Suppose x is 4. Now the system internally translates the above line to:`

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`if (100 & 001 == 0)`

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`As the rightmost digits of the above comparison are 0 and 1, hence the output of a bitwise `**&** operation will be 0, it means the **if** condition is **true**. So the function will return "even".

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`Suppose x is 5. Now the system internally translates the above line to:`

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`if (101 & 001 == 0)`

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`As the rightmost digits of the above comparison are 1 and 1, hence the output of a bitwise `**&** operation will be 1, it means the **if **condition is **false**. So the function will return "odd".

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`Can you alter the if condition by comparing x with 0 or by equating x & 1 with 1?`

Here's a good codecademy beginners level tutorial [FREE] if you want to learn more about bitwise operators.

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