Python if-else short-hand

Python if-else short-hand

The most readable way is

x = 10 if a > b else 11

but you can use and and or, too:

x = a > b and 10 or 11

The Zen of Python says that readability counts, though, so go for the first way.

Also, the and-or trick will fail if you put a variable instead of 10 and it evaluates to False.

However, if more than the assignment depends on this condition, it will be more readable to write it as you have:

if A[i] > B[j]:
  x = A[i]
  i += 1
else:
  x = A[j]
  j += 1

unless you put i and j in a container. But if you show us why you need it, it may well turn out that you dont.

Try this:

x = a > b and 10 or 11

This is a sample of execution:

>>> a,b=5,7
>>> x = a > b and 10 or 11
>>> print x
11

Python if-else short-hand

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