Remove the nesting and use ternaries instead.

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It is harder to read code than to write it.
— Joel Spolsky

I can’t tell you how many times I have run across something like this:

While this is a simple example, let’s rewrite this and take out the nested if statements:

That’s better. Now, we can get a better understanding of when each function call is returned, but I think we can easily do better. Let’s try and turn this into a ternary statement and keep the nesting out:

If you don’t agree with me, that is okay. Everyone is allowed to write code how they see fit and this is absolutely NOT a one-size-fits-all and won’t work in every situation. I would love to hear your thoughts!



Shane Tarleton

Senior Software Engineer @ Olo - Any views or opinions expressed here are my own and are not a reflection of my employer or anyone else.