Vanilla JavaScript Switch statement

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Today I want to walk through the switch statement, of-course everyone knows the basic if...else statements and if you have been around for a while you learned those can get really out of hand.

Personally, I find myself using switch in various programming languages quite often.

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Here we see a basic switch statement:

let emoji = '🔥';

switch (emoji) {
case '🤟':
console.log('rock on');
break;
case '🔥':
console.log('on fire!');
break;
default:
console.log('fake news');
}

// on fire!

As we can see we have case, break and default in the switch statement.

The switch statement will run through cases until it hits one that it equals that will return a break. The break will end the switch statement. If no case is met, it will return the default statement if it's defined.

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We can even do multiple cases with a switch statement. This looks like the following example:

let job = '🚒';

switch (job) {
case '🤟':
case '🎸':
case '👨‍🎤':
console.log('You must be a rock artist');
break;
case '🔥':
case '🚨':
case '🚒':
console.log('You must be a firefighter');
break;
default:
console.log('No job?');
}

// You must be a firefighter

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Another cool thing we can do with for instance integers is seeing where they range. Let's see that in action.

let rickAndMortyIMDBScore = 92;

switch (true) {
case rickAndMortyIMDBScore >= 90:
console.log('Best show ever!');
break;
case rickAndMortyIMDBScore >= 80:
console.log('Pretty good');
break;
case rickAndMortyIMDBScore >= 70:
console.log('Mehh');
break;
default:
console.log('Not even worth it');
}

// Best show ever!

As you can see switch statement gets very useful.

Feel free to play with this Codepen:

See the Pen rNVgRJp by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

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