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Patrick Allaert's Blog:
Readable PHP code #1 - Return ASAP
Oct 14, 2008 @ 11:14:42

Patrick Allaert has made this recent post to his blog looking at something that a large group of PHP developers seem to forget about - readable PHP code. Specifically, he mentions the "return as soon as possible" mentality.

This is the first article of a series I will dedicate to tips to write PHP code that is easier to maintain, review, refactor,... These tips may be applied for other languages but are mainly focused on PHP. The first one could be entitled as "return as soon as possible.

He compares a code example - simplifying multiple if/elses, replacing the need for multiple nested evaluations that make the code harder to read. Check out the before and after to see how it helps the flow.

tagged: readable return asap refactor ifelse nested