x = (condition) ? (value_if_true) : (value_if_false);
In your OP, you seemed to think the false value was first (or in any event, the ternary code you wrote doesn't match the if/else code you wrote).
Anyway that's a symptom of one of the biggest reasons not to use the ternary operator: clarity.
Ternary is nice for shortcutting code where if/else would be too verbose, but it can make code a little harder to follow.
As for performance tradeoffs, there usually aren't any. Ternary will be the same as if/else in many cases (it probably will even compile to the same code a lot of time). Really the only reason to use one or the other is stylistic / clarity related.
Personally, I don't use the ternary operator very often.
oic lol yeah i meant to make them match up I wasn't gonna a z at all, but did to make it more readable.
Anyway that's the reason I was wondering, I like the way if/else looks and it's easy (for thenewguy) to understand. I was just wondering so that somewhere down the road i didn't hit any big issues. Thanks you both. :)