Code formatting question: conditional expression

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Wed Aug 19 10:52:13 CEST 2009

> BTW, from the (admittedly few) responses to my original post, it seems
> there's some sentiment that "conditional expressions" are a non-Pythonic
> misfeature. Interesting ...

No. I love them. But not if they are so large that they stretch over several
lines (or to many columns).

 foo = bar if cond else baz

is more than fine for me. But

 foo = I_need_to_do_something_really_complicated_here() if cond else baz

isn't, because one doesn't grasp as easily in one look that we're talking a
ternary operator here.


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