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Discussion on: DevTips: Use early returns to avoid nested conditions

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Thomas Junkツ • Edited on

This ( »using ternaries« ) is in principle a good idea (I just posted my example and saw yours just now).

But have in mind that every branch adds more reading complexity.

If you use a ternary as a short form for when then it's from my POV okay - you are dealing with a binary outcome.

But when you nesting ternaries, you end up with

when then when then

which is harder to digest - which I tried to visualize by verbalizing it this way ;)

As a developer, I want to read as less code as necessary to understand what is going on. So your solution optimizes for that.

OTOH as a developer, I want to reason as less as possible as what a code is doing in case it has bugs. Taking that into account, I find your solution less favourable.


Or to contrast it with my own solution: I choose a similar approach like yours but added the guarding if-clause as a visual indicator of This is the uninteresting part. Nothing to see here. And the evalutation of the result which is from its nature a binary result (unless we are maybe at the quantum level) we have or we have not knowledge of a personToLookFor. And this binary result is explicitely written down as returning the result with the help of ternaries.