# [swift-evolution] ternary operator ?: suggestion

Thorsten Seitz tseitz42 at icloud.com
Sat Dec 12 06:28:40 CST 2015

I like these expressions with "then" and without braces.

What about using "then" for statements as well?

If condition then {
...
} else {
...
}

> Am 12.12.2015 um 08:15 schrieb Paul Ossenbruggen via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org>:
>
>
> let v = if condition then “A” else “B”
>
> fixes that ambiguity and “then” would help differentiate an expression from a statement. I think there is value to having them separate constructs (for details see earlier comments in this thread). Also it is nice not having the braces in the expression.
>
> Perhaps, similarly, “then" indicates an expression as opposed to a statement:
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> let v = switch condition then case Red: 1, case Blue: 2, case Green: 3
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> One downside is it, It may add confusion as to when to add the “then” clause as people will have to know what an expression vs statement is, but I suppose that is true with a ternary operator as well, and this reads better than a ternary operator. This also provides a good way to do single line switch expressions.
>
> for multiline:
>
> let v = if condition
> 	then “A”
> 	else “B"
>
> let v = switch condition then
> 	case .Red: 1,
> 	case .Blue: 2,
> 	case .Green: 3
>
> or with multiple expressions:
>
> let v = switch condition then
> 	case .Red: 1,
> 	case .Blue: (if shade == .Dark then 4 else 2),
> 	case .Green: 3
>
>
>>
>>> On Dec 11, 2015, at 8:57 PM, Chris Lattner via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
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>>>> On Dec 11, 2015, at 5:36 PM, Andrey Tarantsov via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> let v = if condition then “A" else “B"
>>>
>>> I don't think introducing a separate "then" keyword is a good idea, two subtly different kinds of IFs would be confusing.
>>>
>>> I guess you meant:
>>>
>>> let v = if condition { "A" } else { "B” }
>>
>> I don’t really want to wade into this discussion, but if A and B are intended to be *expressions* instead of an arbitrary sequence of statements|decls|exprs, then a more consistent syntax would be:
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>> 	let v = if condition (A) else (b)
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>> The immediate problem with that is that juxtaposition of two expressions (condition, and A [with or without parens]) will lead to immediate syntactic ambiguity.
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>> -Chris
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