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1.) Auxiliary Function
2.) Helper Function
3.) Utility Function
4.) Convience Function

could anyone define/provide an example of each of these. I'm confused on the differences or if some are the same!

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As far as I'm aware, all of them mean more-or-less the same thing, with the possible exception of auxiliary function (auxiliary, to me, implies that it exists outside the type it works with -- such as a free function in C++). Generally these terms are understood to mean one of two things: most commonly, a function which builds useful, high-level functionality on top of other functions -- typically automating a common code pattern, and less commonly, a function which is not considered to be part of the "primary" or "intended" API, often hidden from client code, when possible.

However, in any event, these aren't really "standard" terms with a definition -- they're simply a colloquialism for functions which fulfill a certain purpose in the developer's mind. Its like if I were to say "Today, I'm wearing my Lucky Pants" -- "lucky" is simply a subjective trait I have assigned those particular pants because of how I perceive them. Other people might call other pants lucky as well, but there's no guarantee we're talking about the same thing.

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