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The C Preprocessor

Recall that preprocessing is the first step in the C program compilation stage - this feature is unique to C compilers.

The preprocessor more or less provides its own language which can be a very powerful tool to the programmer. Recall that all preprocessor directives or commands begin with a #.

Use of the preprocessor is advantageous since it makes:

The preprocessor also lets us customise the language. For example to replace {... }block statements delimiters by PASCAL like begin ... end we can do:

During compilation all occurrences of begin and end get replaced by corresponding {or }and so the subsequent C compilation stage does not know any difference!!!.

Lets look at #define in more detail
Fri May 20 13:40:49 BST 1994