You are correct - there is effective redundancy there and sadly it probably can't be changed.

Personally I always found the old RPG SELECT to be confusing because my mental model has Select meaning "choose from a list of possibilities" - in other words what your suggestion appears to be doing.

I welcomed the arrival of ElseIf because it gave me a different syntax that I could map into my model.

So my rule is use ElseIf in cases where the condition can change and use Select when picking from a list of possible values.

Been much happier since I did that.


Jon Paris

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On Jan 25, 2019, at 4:01 PM, Mark Murphy <jmarkmurphy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Does anyone else find the redundancy between the select block and the
if-elseif-else block a little disconcerting? Seems to me that there should
be a clear distinction between the two. There never can be at this point,
so I tend to use a relatively inconsistent mix of the two in my code based
on what mood I am in. But the select syntax has a potentially game changing
syntax.

select <variable>;
when <value>;
...
when <value>;
...
when <value>;
...
other;
...
endsl;

This syntax reduces redundancy in a significant amount of code, by
reducing the need to retype code variable names over and over again.
Wouldn't it be nice?
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