Avoid unnecessary parentheses. The grammar of q is simple and there is no precedence order for the primitives. For example, the expression to multiply
a by the sum of
should not be written
Redundant parentheses are visual red herrings.
Although extra parentheses are useful as training wheels, most q programmers eventually internalize the preferred method of reading q, which is left to right. To encounter a parenthesized expression is to assume that the parentheses are necessary.