I'm fairly new to PHP and I've been trying to figure out the best approach for handling control structures with complex conditions. I have a specific situation in mind where I need to check multiple conditions before executing a certain block of code. I wanted to see what the best practices are for implementing this in PHP.
To give you some context, I'm working on a web application where users can filter and search through a large database of products. The search functionality includes several criteria, such as price range, category, brand, and other attributes. Depending on what the user selects, different combinations of these criteria need to be checked in order to return the appropriate results.
I've been using if statements to handle simpler conditions, but as the complexity of the conditions increases, the code becomes quite lengthy and harder to understand and maintain. I've heard that nested if statements or switch statements can be used in these cases, but I'm not sure which approach is more efficient and readable.
I would greatly appreciate any insights or suggestions on how to handle control structures with complex conditions in PHP. Are there any best practices or recommended design patterns that I should consider? How do you usually handle situations like this in your own projects?
Thank you in advance for your help!