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How to write macros in c++?


I was wondering how I can write macros like in blueprints but in c++?

Thanks in advance :) ~Stefan

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asked Jul 15 '19 at 06:04 PM in C++ Programming

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Macros in C++ may sometimes be a bit tricky so be careful. You start it with #define directive.

#define macro-name replacement-text


#define PI 3.14159

Macros in C++ are used by preprocessor (stage before compilation and linking). In the example above it will simply replace all PI occurrences in code with 3.14159 number.

Macros can be more complex:

#define MIN(a,b) (((a)<(b)) ? a : b)

Example of usage:

std::cout << "The minimum is " << MIN(42, 8) << endl;

will result in:

The minimum is 8

Experienced C++ developers will suggest you to not use macros as long as possible. Functions and variables are most times a better choice. For example const float pi = 3.14159; is better than #define because it handles type and compiler can help you more when you will try to do something wrong with it.

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answered Jul 15 '19 at 07:52 PM

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This is not what I meant. I'm trying to define a function in c++ that when used in blueprints can have more than 1 input/output. For example like the branch node in bps that have 2 outputs, "true" and "false".

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 UPROPERTY(EditAnywhere, BlueprintReadWrite)
 class UStaticMeshComponent* MyMeshComponent;

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