PowerShell Ternary Statement

PowerShellTernary statements can be very useful but difficult to read. Many blue moons ago, I used to write a lot of Java, which has a ternary statement just like C:

x = (condition) ? 1 : 0;

It is a short and concise way to have a condition if it is a matter of setting a simple value, but even in that case, if you are unfamiliar with what a ternary is then it is next to being unreadable magic code (like a lot of Perl that I have seen written).

I was watching a video on Python and saw a very clean looking ternary:

x = 1 if condition else 0

That is very straight forward and relatively easy to understand. Even if you do not know what a ternary is, you can likely understand that this is a conditional statement.

I have always wanted a ternary in PowerShell because I like to reduce my lines of code, but I never want to make it ugly or unreadable, so this is out:

$x = If ($condition) {1} Else {0}

It is just too much to cram into one line because chances are, it will be a slightly more complicated bit of code than that very simple example.

Then, I came across this:

$x = @{$True=1;$False=0}[($condition)]

It isn’t exactly cleaner, but it may be clearer as a ternary. It is a longer bit of code for the same task, too.

What do you think?

EDIT: Here is some discussion about a filter method

$x = ?: {$condition} {1} {2}



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