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In this example, K has been declared as a COMMON variable. It is used only as a do-loop counter, so there really is no reason for it to be anything but local. However, because it is in a COMMON block, the call to AUX forces the compiler to store and reload K each iteration. This is because the side effects of the call are unknown.

So far, it looks as if we are preparing a case for huge main programs without any subroutines or functions! Not at all. Modularity is important for keeping source code compact and understandable. And frankly, the need for maintainability and modularity is always more important than the need for small performance improvements. However, there are a few approaches for streamlining subroutine calls that don’t require you to scrap modular coding techniques: macros and procedure inlining.

Remember, if the function or subroutine does a reasonable amount of work, procedure call overhead isn’t going to matter very much. However, if one small routine appears as a leaf node in one of the busiest sections of the call graph, you might want to think about inserting it in appropriate places in the program.


Macros are little procedures that are substituted inline at compile time. Unlike subroutines or functions, which are included once during the link, macros are replicated every place they are used. When the compiler makes its first pass through your program, it looks for patterns that match previous macro definitions and expands them inline. In fact, in later stages, the compiler sees an expanded macro as source code.

Macros are part of both C and FORTRAN (although the FORTRAN notion of a macro, the statement function , is reviled by the FORTRAN community, and won’t survive much longer). The statement function has been eliminated in FORTRAN 90. For C programs, macros are created with a #define construct, as demonstrated here:

#define average(x,y) ((x+y)/2) main (){ float q = 100, p = 50;float a; a = average(p,q);printf ("%f\n",a); }

The first compilation step for a C program is a pass through the C preprocessor, cpp . This happens automatically when you invoke the compiler. cpp expands #define statements inline, replacing the pattern matched by the macro definition. In the program above, the statement:

a = average(p,q);

gets replaced with:

a = ((p+q)/2);

You have to be careful how you define the macro because it literally replaces the pattern located by cpp . For instance, if the macro definition said:

#define multiply(a,b) (a*b)

and you invoked it as:

c = multiply(x+t,y+v);

the resulting expansion would be x+t*y+v — probably not what you intended.

If you are a C programmer you may be using macros without being conscious of it. Many C header files ( .h ) contain macro definitions. In fact, some “standard” C library functions are really defined as macros in the header files. For instance, the function getchar can be linked in when you build your program. If you have a statement:


Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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