Difference between switch statement and if-else-if ladder statement in C
In this article, we will understand the difference between switch statement and if-else-if ladder statement. Before moving to the differences, let's see the basic definitions of both control statements first.
The switch statement is similar to else-if ladder statement as it provides multiple conditions. It tests the value of variable or expression against a series of different cases or values. If a match is found then the block of code is executed otherwise the default case is executed.
The syntax of switch case statement can be represented as:
if-else-if ladder statement :
if-else-if ladder statement controls the statements to be executed on the basis of some conditions. Whenever statement is used, the compiler initially checks the condition whether it is true or false and if the condition is found to be true then the corresponding statements are executed. If the condition is false, it continues checking the next else if statement until the condition comes to be true or the control comes to the end of the else if ladder.
The syntax of if-else-if ladder statement can be represented as:
Following are the differences between the switch statement and if-else-if ladder statement.