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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

what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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
How can I make nanorobot?
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
how can I make nanorobot?
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