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assigning the maximum of two numbers
Edit: Sorry, I misread the question entirely.
I would probably go with the ternary for readability in most cases, but if you're doing this in a critical part of your application, it looks like sort/shift is optimized well. Neat.
Priority 1, Priority 2, Priority 3
Priority 1, Priority 0, Priority -1
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Data loss, bug, enhancement
Out of scope, out of budget, out of line
Family, friends, work
Impossible, inconceivable, implemented
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