Re: Usage of pre-processor macro.

Pete Becker <>
Wed, 30 Jun 2010 17:16:08 -0400
On 2010-06-30 17:03:20 -0400, Pete Becker said:

On 2010-06-30 16:42:54 -0400, Alf P. Steinbach /Usenet said:

I don't think the argument holds in general, because it's so very rare
to intentionally not use a formal argument.

On the contrary: it's quite common in certain coding styles. One
example was mentioned earlier in this thread. To elaborate a bit: a
polymorphic function whose base version doesn't do anything, but is
overridden sometimes to actually use its arguments presents exactly
this case.

Even more to the point is that this is utterly trivial. If I meant to
not use a parameter, time spent telling the compiler that that's what I
meant is simply wasted. If I should have used it, unit tests will
detect the error. And this is such a low-probability error that any
time spent analysing how to deal with it is too much time. It's far up
on my list of things to not worry about.

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