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C# C# Objects Encapsulation and Arrays Ternary If

Whats the issue with my code?

I am not sure why my code is not compiling

CodeChallenge.cs
int value = -1;
string textColor = null;

(value < 0) ? textColor = "red" : textColor = "green";

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
215,372 Points

Ternaries should be used to select between values, not to control statement execution (that's what "if" is for).

So a more typical use of a ternary to make an assignment would be like this:

variable = expression ? value_if_true : value_if_false;