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Request #70440 Support strict switch
Submitted: 2015-09-06 18:34 UTC Modified: 2017-08-05 04:47 UTC
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From: david dot proweb at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Suspended Package: Scripting Engine problem
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 [2015-09-06 18:34 UTC] david dot proweb at gmail dot com
Currently switch() are loose (as said on doc), but it should be strict by using a keyword. It's need to avoid somekind of hacks:


    strict switch ($value) ...
    switch strict ($value) ...

Or, is possible improve a lot the strict by accept an operator. It should compare the switch value with case value:

    switch == $value ... or 
    switch == ($value) ...

    switch === $value ...
    switch >= $value ...
    switch < $value ...

So you can do something like that:

    switch >= $strength {
        case 0: return 'weak';
        case 40: return 'medium';
        case 80: return 'strong';
        case 100: return 'perfect';

Currently it's possible by 'hacking' that:

    switch (true) {
        case $strength >= 0: return 'weak';
        case $strength >= 40: return 'medium';
        case $strength >= 80: return 'strong';
        case $strength >= 100: return 'perfect';


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 [2016-07-25 19:17 UTC] dave at mudsite dot com
Switch()'s take inputs and let you have cases for single option of the element.  To preform ranges I'm not certain a switch() would be the right idea.  I'm not sure having the 'hacked' switch is any better, or easier to read than:

if ($strength >= 0) return 'weak';
elseif ($strength >= 40) return 'medium';
elseif ($strength >= 80) return 'strong';
elseif ($strength >= 100) return 'perfect';

^^^ is easier to read imo, and doesn't distort what switch() should be doing.
 [2017-02-08 09:21 UTC] arossi dot gweb at gmail dot com
A strict switch operator would be very useful to check for functions that return mixed integers and booleans. Example:

            switch (a_function_that_returns_int_or_bool()) {
                case 2:
                    // do something
                case 3:
                    // do something
                case true:
                    // do something

This switch statement always evaluates to the first case if the return value of the function is (bool) true. The same happens if you put the "case true" as the first case.

We really need a "strict switch".
 [2017-08-05 04:47 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Suspended
 [2017-08-05 04:47 UTC]
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