How to refactor complex if-statements

In this video, which is a part of the Mailcoach video course, Freek shows us how he refactors a complex if-statement.

A technique which I nowadays also like using myself – especially in a React Component’s render method – is to use early returns: instead of nesting if-statements and using else-statements, the function body uses singular if-statements which abort the function’s execution early on in case some condition is/isn’t met. Like so:

public function doSomething($someParameter, $someOtherParameter)
    if ($someParameter !== 0) {

    if ($someOtherParameter !== 0) {

    // do the actual work

💡 If you’re a PHP developer I’d recommend the video course to you as it contains some pretty good stuff, such as this video on Pending Objects for example.

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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