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Subject: [boost] [preprocessor] check if a token is a keyword (was "BOOST_PP_IS_UNARY()")
From: Lorenzo Caminiti (lorcaminiti_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-08-13 10:52:52

Hello all,

I asked this question before but received no answer: Is there any
problem in using `BOOST_PP_UNARY()` to check if a token matches a
predefined keyword as indicated by the code below?

The following `IS_PUBLIC(token)` macro expands to 1 if `token` is
`public`, to 0 otherwise:

   #define PUBLIC_public (1)

   IS_PUBLIC(public) // Expand to 1.
   IS_PUBLIC(abc) // Expand to 0.

This works just fine on both GCC and MSVC. However, `BOOST_PP_UNARY()`
is only part of Boost.Preprocessor private API because:

Paul Mensonides mentioned in
> Paul Mensonides wrote:
> I know. They (and other types of detection macros) are very useful. Right now,
> the Borland configuration is used by the IBM preprocessor and the Sun
> preprocessor also. I'd like to know whether or not those macro definitions work
> correctly on those preprocessors before I add it. Though those macros aren't
> part of the public interface, they are part of the internal interface. I.e.
> they are used internally as if they were a public interface (though they are
> used carefully on some preprocessors). They are stable, and the worst thing
> that might happen in the future is that they will be moved to a different
> directory. Thus, you can use them, but beware of VC and versions of MWCW prior
> to v9. They in particular have severe problems with expansion order. E.g. VC
> will even fail this test:

(Boost.Preprocessor, Boost.Typeof, and Boost.Spirit already use
`BOOST_PP_UNARY()` internally.)

Thank you very much.


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