Putting a simple if-then-else statement on one line


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Python Ternary Operator

I'm just getting into Python and I really like the terseness of the syntax. However, is there an easier way of writing an if-then-else statement so it fits on one line?

For example:

if count == N:
    count = 0
    count = N + 1

Is there a simpler way of writing this? I mean, in Objective-C I would write this as:

count = count == N ? 0 : count + 1;

Is there something similar for Python?


I know that in this instance I can use count == (count + 1) % N.

I'm asking about the general syntax.

2/10/2018 12:44:58 AM

Accepted Answer

That's more specifically a ternary operator expression than an if-then, here's the python syntax

value_when_true if condition else value_when_false

Better Example: (thanks Mr. Burns)

'Yes' if fruit == 'Apple' else 'No'

Now with assignment and contrast with if syntax

fruit = 'Apple'
isApple = True if fruit == 'Apple' else False


fruit = 'Apple'
isApple = False
if fruit == 'Apple' : isApple = True
5/23/2017 12:10:47 PM

Moreover, you can still use the "ordinary" if syntax and conflate it into one line with a colon.

if i > 3: print("We are done.")


field_plural = None
if field_plural is not None: print("insert into testtable(plural) '{0}'".format(field_plural)) 

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