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The C++ Programming Language, Special Edition by New Jersey Stroustrup Bjarne AT&T Labs Murray Hill

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Chapter 9. Source Files and Programs

 

Form must follow function.

 
 --Le Corbusier

Separate Compilation

A file is the traditional unit of storage (in a file system) and the traditional unit of compilation. There are systems that do not store, compile, and present C++ programs to the programmer as sets of files. However, the discussion here will concentrate on systems that employ the traditional use of files.

Having a complete program in one file ...

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