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Discussion on: Write better code and be a better programmer by NEVER USING ELSE statements

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Jared A Barneck

I kicked 'else' to the curb over ten years ago. Best thing I ever did. As a dev lead, I teach those I mentor that it is similar to 'goto' and just doesn't have a place in modern object-oriented languages (C#, Java, python, typescript, javascript). I tried for a long time to use find a valid use of 'else' and 'goto' and every time I thought I had one, I realized there was a better way. Using either is always a code smell.

The author missed discussing one of the best reasons for not having an 'else' statement. Cyclomatic Complexity decreases. Give Cyclomatic Complexity a google or bing search and read up on it. Using 'else' always increases cyclomatic complexity and always makes unit testing and code coverage harder to obtain.