CCoding Style - Be Clear3

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Be Clear ...

The ?: operator is fine for short expressions where it can replace four lines of if-else with one, as in

max = ( a > b ) ? a : b;
  • Clarity is not the same as Brevity

Often the clearer code will be shorter, as in the bit-shifting example, but it can also be longer; as in the conditional expression recast as if-else.

  • The proper criterion is ease of understanding.