Simulate ternary operator in Elixir

To me, the if IS the equivalent of a ternary operator as it evaluates to a value which for various other languages it doesn’t.

so x = if false, do: 1, else: 2

is basically x = false? 1 : 2

Not sure why Ruby adopted it ( if you are coming from Ruby ) as it has assignable if statements. in C the ternary is useful as the code bloats with the equivalent if statements. Of course C programmers desperate for terseness went nuts and did many nested upon nested ternaries 🙂

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