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C++11 for Programmers, Second Edition by Harvey M. Deitel, Abbey Deitel, Paul J. Deitel

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E.4. #define Preprocessing Directive: Macros

[Note: This section is included for the benefit of C++ programmers who will need to work with C legacy code. In C++, macros can often be replaced by templates and inline functions.] A macro is an operation defined in a #define preprocessing directive. As with symbolic constants, the macro-identifier is replaced with the replacement-text before the program is compiled. Macros may be defined with or without arguments. A macro without arguments is processed like a symbolic constant. In a macro with arguments, the arguments are substituted in the replacement-text, then the macro is expanded—i.e., the replacement-text replaces the macro-identifier and argument list in the program. There is no data type ...

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