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Get Your Pragma On

Conditional Compiling and Pragma Directives

Issue: 11.2 (March/April 2013)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Two powerful features of Real Studio that many beginners overlook are Pragma Directives and Conditional Compiling. Both of these sound esoteric and non-essential, but they're not especially difficult to use and can be quite helpful even if you're just getting started.

Conditional Compiling

Conditional compiling may sound complicated, but it's just a way to control which code gets used in which circumstances. It works with the familiar if-then-else-endif structure, except the commands are preceded by a number sign (as in #if-then-#else-#endif).

The most obvious and common use for conditional compiling is to restrict platform-specific code to a specific platform. For instance, if you want to use a Mac-only function, you'd want to enclose that code with conditional compiling commands like this:

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