[thelist] php SWITCH vs ELSE IF

Ian Anderson ian at zstudio.co.uk
Mon Apr 24 08:09:27 CDT 2006

Mark Mckee wrote:

> i am using an ELSE IF statement and would like to know if this would be 
> better than using a switch statement.

Well, they are basically equivalent. Switch may be preferable because it 
is easier to see what is going on, is slightly faster in some edge 
cases, and is generally regarded as more correct style.

I wouldn't go and rewrite existing code to change it over, but if you're 
coding something right now, if you have the time I'd say use the 
preferred structure from the outset.

hope this helps



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