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C pre-processor in Perlby dragonchild (Archbishop)
|on Jul 28, 2003 at 19:02 UTC||Need Help??|
dragonchild has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
In Re: Inlining method/function calls?, Zaxo describes using the C preprocessor for macro definitions. All of a sudden, I'm wondering why constant is needed. Could someone tell me why constant is preferable to #define in the following code?
One thing I'm noticing is that gcc has a warning it throws up. But, wouldn't using the C preprocessor be faster and use less memory than constant, especially for large numbers of them? I'm thinking of sites with mod_perl and a large number of hits ...
Also, what's the difference in using #include vs. require? And, doesn't #define provide first-class macros where there is no real provision for them in Perl?
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