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Programming in C, Third Edition by Stephen G. Kochan

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Chapter 13. The Preprocessor

THIS CHAPTER DESCRIBES YET ANOTHER UNIQUE FEATURE of the C language that is not found in many other higher-level programming languages. The C preprocessor provides the tools that enable you to develop programs that are easier to develop, easier to read, easier to modify, and easier to port to a different computer system. You can also use the preprocessor to literally customize the C language to suit a particular programming application or to satisfy your own programming style.

The preprocessor is a part of the C compilation process that recognizes special statements that might be interspersed throughout a C program. As its name implies, the preprocessor actually analyzes these statements before analysis of the C program ...

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