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What is faster? To \RequirePackage{foo} or to check if the user has actually request it and \Require it if so?

I'm asking this because the package lineno has a thing that leaves a lot of commands in the .aux file (see here)... and I'm not sure if I should \newcommand these to empty or if I should just load the ...
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1answer
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How to typeset LaTeX code inside a Table environment?

I wanted to typeset LaTeX code directly into my document, but without it doing something, i.e., I just want to show my code in the output. Now, I know there is the verbatim environment for code, as ...
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How to keep tables readable in code

What is the best practice for creating and updating tables in Latex? I am using Texmaker but I find it hard to update a table like adding entries or adding a column. I have to count entries which is ...
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How bad for TeX is omitting braces {}, even if the result is the same?

Sometimes writing braces and omitting them produces the same result: \tilde{\psi} \mathrm{e}^{\mathrm{i} \pi} vs \tilde \psi \mathrm e^{\mathrm i \pi} Or (taken from Werner's comment below) ...
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How to properly code a TeX file, or at least avoid `badness 10000`

I'm coding a TeX file and although the .pdf is correctly rendered, I'm using "stone age" tools to code it. As some examples, I use \\ to leave a line space between two paragraphs, or \noindent in ...
4
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Style when mixing arguments/methods from a computer program with text and math

I'm working on a document that is a cross of user's guide and a technical manual. I describe a system which has variables that I handle normally, then introduce an R package that I've written which ...
55
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3answers
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Are there any coding style guidelines for LaTeX?

I have been using LaTeX for a long time now, but still all my document files look a bit messy. Now I want to get rid of this bad habit and get some order into my code. That is why I am wondering ...
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Hyphenation of long Java identifiers

What is the best practice for hyphenating long identifiers like Character.isJavaIdentifierStart when they appear in body text? I am aware of the path package that also deals with otherwise active ...