[thechat] Anybody Remember IIF?

spinhead evolt at spinhead.com
Wed Sep 5 17:40:37 CDT 2001

[spouting ignorance not common in the elderly] - so tell me, Ron, how does
'immediate if' work?

joel at spinhead

----- Original Message -----
From: "Luther, Ron" <Ron.Luther at compaq.com>
To: <thechat at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2001 1:03 PM
Subject: [thechat] Anybody Remember IIF?

> Sorry ... I'm a little more 'dazed & confused' than usual here today ...
> (and understandably so given recent events!)
> But Anyway, ... I just came out of a meeting where the trailing
> conversation had some folks discussing if-then-else structures.  I piped
> in by adding "elsif" and "immediate if" to the conversation.
> I was greeted with blank stares and even some laughter.  Which [I have
> to say] surprised and shocked the heck out of me. {Gosh - maybe I really
> am THAT old!}  No one else there had ever heard of "iif"!
> I'm quite sure that I've used boatloads of the little buggers somewhere
> in the distant past.  But where?  A google search turned up home grown
> functions to add "iif" to delphi and/or ASP code. [Even an MS link
> claiming it was an oversight to leave it out of VB!] (The delphi link
> claimed it came from "C" - but I never did much with "C".)
> Sorry - my cerebellum is fused at the moment.  Was "iif" an old Fortran
> stand-by?  Or maybe used in a few dozen of the old 8-bit languages?
> (There was also an "if and only if" ... but that's on old "math thing".
> I think it was written "iff" and usually used in conjunction with a
> bunch of upside-down capital letter "A"s ["for any"] and backwards
> italic capital letter "E"s ["there exists"].)
> RonL. - apparently just another "old guy" rambling and muttering to
> himself today!  Gosh!
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