Posted By: Anonymous
How is the conditional operator (
? :) used in Ruby?
For example, is this correct?
<% question = question.size > 20 ? question.question.slice(0, 20)+"..." : question.question %>
It is the ternary operator, and it works like in C (the parenthesis are not required). It’s an expression that works like:
if_this_is_a_true_value ? then_the_result_is_this : else_it_is_this
However, in Ruby,
if is also an expression so:
if a then b else c end ===
a ? b : c, except for precedence issues. Both are expressions.
puts (if 1 then 2 else 3 end) # => 2 puts 1 ? 2 : 3 # => 2 x = if 1 then 2 else 3 end puts x # => 2
Note that in the first case parenthesis are required (otherwise Ruby is confused because it thinks it is
puts if 1 with some extra junk after it), but they are not required in the last case as said issue does not arise.
You can use the “long-if” form for readability on multiple lines:
question = if question.size > 20 then question.slice(0, 20) + "..." else question end