Perl::Critic::Policy::ControlStructures::ProhibitCascadingIfElse - Don't write long "if-elsif-elsif-elsif-elsif...else" chains.


This Policy is part of the core Perl::Critic distribution.


Long if-elsif chains are hard to digest, especially if they are longer than a single page or screen. If testing for equality, use a hash lookup instead.

    if ($condition1) {         #ok
        $foo = 1;
    elsif ($condition2) {      #ok
        $foo = 2;
    elsif ($condition3) {      #ok
        $foo = 3;
    elsif ($condition4) {      #too many!
        $foo = 4;
    else {                     #ok
        $foo = $default;


This policy can be configured with a maximum number of elsif alternatives to allow. The default is 2. This can be specified via a max_elsif item in the .perlcriticrc file:

    max_elsif = 3


Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <>


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