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Discussion on: What do you think about the ternary operator?

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Idan Arye

Proper formatting goes a long way at improving readability:

variable = 
    condition1 ? expression1 :
    condition2 ? expression2 :
    condition3 ? expression3 :
    condition4 ? expression4 :
    default_expression;
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Loren McClaflin

Wow, Idan, I love your formatting. I’ve not seen a ternary formatted this way, and it really does improve readability!
Thanks for the great tip!

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Shreyas Minocha Author

Interesting take.

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Alain Van Hout

I'd tend to just method extract this, and use explicit return statements inside plain if-statements.

At least in part, that's because the conditions will rarely be as brief (when they are thus numerous).

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Barry Robinson

Most modern compilers are smart enough to optimise control statements. It is more readable than it otherwise would be, but why do it in the first place?

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Martin G. Brown

I tend to go a bit further and indent the two expressions:

return
    condition ?
        trueExpression :
        falseExpression;