I'm prone to take your approach of writing in plain and simple ways before I embark on sprinkling. The latter is for refactoring or a second or third pass at something. Most of that is because I know i have a primitive handle on the language and it's better to go tried and true instead of trying to use every little thing just because I found out about it. But reading other folks code or tutorial docs also kind of clue me in on how often people use a certain something.
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