[SOLVED] "return" with Ternary and warlus operators

Issue

Why when I try to return value with warlus and ternary operators := like this:

def get_index(elements: List[int], i: int, boundary: int) -> tp.Optional[int]:
    return x := elements[i] if elements[i] > boundary else None

I get an error.

Solution

The comments suggest that you can’t use the walrus operator in a return statement, that’s incorrect – you just have a syntax error.

This works, but is pointless, as also pointed out in the comments:

from typing import List, Optional


def get_index(elements: List[int], i: int, boundary: int) -> Optional[int]:
    return (x := elements[i] if elements[i] > boundary else None)


print(get_index([1, 2, 3], 2, 1))

All you need is parentheses around the walrus assignment and the value of the expression will be the assigned value.

But why assign to x if all you do is return that value. Instead:

from typing import List, Optional


def get_index(elements: List[int], i: int, boundary: int) -> Optional[int]:
    return elements[i] if elements[i] > boundary else None


print(get_index([1, 2, 3], 2, 1))

Answered By – Grismar

Answer Checked By – Willingham (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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