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A couple and half of monks (I'm the half ;) think that the ?: operator-pair is always less readable than an if/else block.

As indicated, I half-agree, but I wonder if this is more a case of "I don't use or am not familiar with ?:, and therefore it's obfuscated" or "I understand the syntax of ?: perfectly, but I still think it makes code hard to read and/or maintain".

The maintainability issue is a tricky one, but, given that ?: is not an operator-pair limited to perl, is it unreasonable to expect any code-maintainer to understand it? (or at least make the effort to find out about it?)

What's the consensus on this one?

map{$a=1-$_/10;map{$d=$a;$e=$b=$_/20-2;map{($d,$e)=(2*$d*$e+$a,$e**2 -$d**2+$b);$c=$d**2+$e**2>4?$d=8:_}1..50;print$c}0..59;print$/}0..20
Tom Melly, pm@tomandlu.co.uk

In reply to ?: = Obfuscation? by Melly

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