Even though I really don't want new null-coalescing operators, I really appreciate the ternary operator in Python (or in C).

On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM, Mikhail V <mikhailwas@gmail.com> wrote:
result = a > b ? x : y

is IMHO a syntactical herecy. Such things disgust me from programming.
Why on earth one cannot just wrap it in function
c = nicefunc(a,b)

The problem here is that the general form isn't ONLY to return 'x' or 'y' but the decide between arbitrary values.  Hard-coding the variables into the function loses 90%+ of the point.

So the general function would need a signature like:

    c = nicefunc(a, b, x, y)

The problem here is that this call might be:

    c = nicefunc(a, b, run_for_hours(), has_side_effects())

We only want ONE of 'x' and 'y' to eagerly evaluate.  In the C or Python ternary we get exactly that.  Obviously, that also happens in your fully spelled out if/else block too, but that's multiline and needs to setup variables not just be used as an expression.


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