Fundamental concept of Problem solving
Problem solving strategies
Program design & implementation
Introduction to C
Introduction to C
How to open C program code window
Description of C code window
Editing File
Saving and Running a program
The components of C language
Structure of C Program
A sample of C language program
C character set and keywords
C character set and keywords
The C character set
Key words
Data Types
Data Types
Primary Data Type
Secondary Data Type
Rules for constructing variables names
Variable declaration
Assigning values to variables
Scope of variables: Local & Global
Character constants
Integer constants
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C instruction set
Type Declaration & Input/Output Instructions
Arithmetic Instructions
Control Instructions
Arithmetic operators
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Conditional & ternary operators
The comma operators
Size of operator
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Type modifier
Evaluation of expression
Automatic type conversion
Basic Input/Output
Console I/O function
Disc & Port I/O function
Control Structures
Sequence control statements
Decision control & conditional statements
Case control statements
Repitition & loop control statements
Some more statements
Array and String
Introduction of Array
Array Declaration
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Two Dimensional Array
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Function and Recursion
Function Definition
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Pointer & functions
Pointer & Array
Multi Dimensional Arrays & Pointer
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Giving values to member
Structure Initialization
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Arrays of structures
Arrays within structures
Structures within structures
Passing structure to function
Accessing a union member
Initialization of Union variable
Uses of Union
Dynamic Data Structure
Linked list
Data File Handling through C
File operation
Opening & closing a data file
Creating a data file
Processing a data file
Unformatted data file
C Preprocessor & Macro
Macro substitution directives
File inclusion
Compiler control directive
Command line parameter of C
Command line parameter
Header file
Header file
Use of library functions
Some Useful library functions

C Preprocessor & Macro

Macro substitution directives

We have already met this facility, in its simplest form it allows us to define textual substitutions using #define statement.
The #define statement can be used for more, however, than simply defining symbolic constants.
In particular, it can be used to define macros; its, single identifiers that are equivalent to expressions, complete statement or groups of statements. Macros resemble function in this sense.
They are defined in an altogether different manner than functions, however, and they are treated differently during the compilation process.
Format: #define identifier string
e.g.: #define MAXSIZE 256
This will lead to the value 256 being substituted for each occurrence of the word MAXSIZE in the file.
Output of the program
This program contains the macro area, which represents the expression length* width.
When the program is compiled, the expression length * width will replace the identifier area within the printf statement, so that printf statement will become
Printf("\narea =%d", length *width);
Note that the format string " \n area =%d" is unaffected by the #define statement.
When the program is executed, the values for length and width are entered interactively from the keyboard, and the corresponding value for area is displayed.
A typical interactive session is shown below. The user's responses are underlined, as usual.
Length =_3
Width =_4
Macro definitions are customarily placed at the beginning of a file, ahead of the first function definition.
The scope of a macro definition extends from its point of definition to the end of the file. However, a macro defined in one file is not recognized within another file.
Multilane macros can be defined by placing a backward slash (\) the end of each line except the last.
This feature permits a single macro (i.e. a single identifier) to represent a compound statement.
Here is another simple c program that contains multilane macro:
Output of the program
Macros are sometimes used in place of functions within a program.
The use of a macro in place of a function eliminates the time delays associated with function calls.
If a program contains many reported function calls, the time savings resulting from the use of macros can become significant.
On the other hand, macro substitution will take place whenever a reference to a macro appears within a program.
Thus, a program that contains several references to the same macro may become unreasonably long. We therefore face a tradeoff between execution speed and size of the compiled object program.
The use of a macro is most advantageous in applications where there are relatively few functions calls but the function is called repeatedly.
Using #define to Create Functional Macros
#define can also be given arguments which are used in its replacement. The definitions are then called macros.
Macros work rather like functions, but with the following minor differences.
Since macros are implemented as a textual substitution, there is no effect on program performance (as with functions).
Recursive macros are generally not a good idea.
Macros don't care about the type of their arguments. Hence macros are a good choice where we might want to operate on reals, integers or a mixture of the two.
Macros are full of traps for the unwary programmer. In particular the textual substitution means that arithmetic expressions are liable to be corrupted by the order of evaluation rules.
Here is an example of a macro which won't work:
#define DOUBLE(x) x+x
Now if we have a statement
a = DOUBLE(b) * c;
This will be expanded to
a = b+b * c;
And since * has a higher priority than +, the compiler will treat it as.
a = b + (b * c);
The problem can be solved using a more robust definition of DOUBLE
#define DOUBLE(x) (x+x)
Here the brackets around the definition force the expression to be evaluated before any surrounding operators are applied. This should make the macro more reliable.
In general it is better to write a C function than risk using a macro.