aditya verma1,069 Points
Difference between elif and if
In the example, there are three possible names, couldnt we have written 'if' statement for Craig and Maximilian and else for the family member.
In short whats the difference between using elif versus if in the second codition of maximiliane?
Steven Parker173,944 Points
An "elif" condition is only tested if the previous "if" test was false. When you use another "if" instead of "elif", then the second condition will always be tested, no matter what the result of the first one was.
Proper use of "elif" will usually make the program more efficient, plus it allows you to use logical progressions that would not work with a plain "if". For example:
if value > 60: print "Large" elif value > 30: # a plain "if" would not work here print "Medium" else: print "Small"
Substituting a plain "if" for the "elif" would cause a value over 60 to print out both "Large" and "Medium".