# [Tutor] or synxtax in if statement

Smith, Jeff jsmith at medplus.com
Fri Aug 31 22:20:05 CEST 2007

```That definitely won't work.  How could the language possibly determine
if you meant

a == b | a == c

as opposed to the literal

a == b | c

What this becomes is

a == (b | c)

Also be aware that | is a "bitwise or" and not a logical "or" which may
not be what you want.  So your original expression may not be what you
want since it will get evaluated as

a == (b | a) == c

Consider the following result:

>>> a=0
>>> b=0
>>> c=1
>>> print a == b | a == c
False
>>> print a == (b | a) == c
False
>>> print (a == b) | (a == c)
True
>>> print a == b | c
False

Although what I suspect you really want is

>>> print a == b or a == c
True
>>> print (a == b) or (a == c)
True

But this means that your shortcut becomes

(a == b) or c

So consider

>>> a=0
>>> b=1
>>> c=0
>>> print a == b or c
0

Which is the same as false.

Jeff

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Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 3:40 PM
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Subject: [Tutor] or synxtax in if statement

I think I want to be lazy and express this

if a == b | a = c
(if a equal b or a equals c)
using

if a == b | c

it seems to work.. but I'm not sure if it is correct -- and I haven't
seen any documentation on using this type of syntax.

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David Bear
College of Public Programs at Arizona State University

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