Switch / Case

Use a Switch or Case statement if you are going to have many else if statements or the condition is not inherently boolean in nature (like the value of a string, for example).

Switch Syntax

C++, Java, and Javascript
Python
Simple Example
More Examples
C++, Java, and Javascript

Same syntax for C++, Java, Javascript, and many other languages.

switch(expression) {
case value :
// Code to run
break; // optional to break out of the switch block
case value :
// Code to run
break; // optional to break out of the switch block
/** You can have any number of case statements. **/
default : // Optional case to catch any other possibilities
// Code to run
}
Python

Python does not have a Switch / Case implementation. Instead, you use something called a dictionary and call it a switcher. You can read more about that on your own:

Simple Example

An example of switching (in this example, we are switching on a user's input):

// Javascript
let userInput = prompt("Please enter a colour", "blue");
switch (userInput) {
case "red":
// code for what happens when user enters red
break;
case "blue":
// code for what happens when user enters blue
break;
case "black":
// code for what happens when user enters black
break;
case "yellow":
// code for what happens when user enters yellow
break;
default:
// code for what happens when user enters anything else
}
More Examples

Rather than reinventing the wheel, here are some other sites with great content on this topic:

Example 1 - Switch on Number

The following example creates a random number from 1-10 (inclusive) and decides what to do based on that number. The random number is just a way of faking user input or a value from some other function. The example does something specific for numbers 1, 2, 3, 7, and 9 but all the rest fall under the default case. You will need to scroll down in the example or open it in a new window due to the length.

Example 2 - On Text

This example switches on text instead of a number. Same procedure as numbers, just a string instead. You might need to scroll the example or open it in a new window to see it better.

Final Thoughts

The switch statement is not used on boolean values. It is strictly meant for multiple options similar to a menu or list. General rule of thumb - when your code is a bunch of if...else if statements, it might be better suited for a switch statement unless you are using boolean operators (&& and ||).