The portion of a function prototype that includes the name of the function and the types of its arguments is called the function signature or simply the signature. The function signature does not specify the function’s return type. Functions in the same scope must have unique signatures. The scope of a function is the region of a program in which the function is known and accessible. We’ll say more about scope in Section 6.10.
In Fig. 6.2, if the function prototype in line 16 had been written
void maximum( int, int, int );
the compiler would report an error, because the
void return type in the function prototype would differ from the
int return type in the function header. Similarly, such a prototype would cause the statement ...