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# Most efficient way of applying multiple conditional logic

..eh I was stuck thinking up a subject title for this post for a while..

So I am processing a really big file (scary big). Each record is fixed
length, I need to test conditions on certain fields in the record. At
the moment the most efficient way I've found to process the data is a
series of nested if/else statements so like below. My question is does
anyone know of a better way to process this kind of logic. I can't use a
switch statement because each condition applies to a different field
(substring) of the input record.

if (condition1)
{
reject(line);
}
else
{
if (condition2)
{
reject(line);
}
else
{
process_record(line);
}
}
}

Any thoughts appreciated.

Joe

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Nov 23 '05 #1
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booksnore <sa******@plandatamgmt.com> wrote:
.eh I was stuck thinking up a subject title for this post for a while..

So I am processing a really big file (scary big). Each record is fixed
length, I need to test conditions on certain fields in the record. At
the moment the most efficient way I've found to process the data is a
series of nested if/else statements so like below. My question is does
anyone know of a better way to process this kind of logic. I can't use a
switch statement because each condition applies to a different field
(substring) of the input record.

if (condition1 ||
condition2 ||
...)
{
reject(line);
}
else
{
process_record(line);
}

--
Jon Skeet - <sk***@pobox.com>
http://www.pobox.com/~skeet Blog: http://www.msmvps.com/jon.skeet
Nov 23 '05 #2

This might be overkill for what you are doing, but I just happened to
use some similar logic for a program I'm writing and it might help.

This would be best suiting if you have lots of validations....

Define an interface IValidation that exposes a method bool
IsValid(string Line).

Then for each of your validations that you want to run, create a class
that implements IValidation and the IsValid method.

In your file processing piece, create an array or collection of
IValidation objects and do a foreach (IValidation val in
ValidationCollection).

This of course assumes that each IValidation is independent, meaning
that one doesn't depend on another, etc.
Anyways, just though I would share...

--Brian
Jon Skeet [C# MVP] wrote:
booksnore <sa******@plandatamgmt.com> wrote:
.eh I was stuck thinking up a subject title for this post for a while..

So I am processing a really big file (scary big). Each record is fixed
length, I need to test conditions on certain fields in the record. At
the moment the most efficient way I've found to process the data is a
series of nested if/else statements so like below. My question is does
anyone know of a better way to process this kind of logic. I can't use a
switch statement because each condition applies to a different field
(substring) of the input record.

if (condition1 ||
condition2 ||
...)
{
reject(line);
}
else
{
process_record(line);
}

Nov 23 '05 #3

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