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Firstly, there is no space between the closing bracket at the end of FOR(x,n) and preceding the rest. That's a stylistic concern, but badly hurts readability.

Second, and more significantly, typeof() is not a standard function or operator in C++. It is an extension specific to g++ (GNU c++) in which typeof(x) expands to be type of x and will trigger a compiler error with every compiler that does not support that extension. Within a for loop (assuming you're using g++), if x is an int, then FOR(x,n) would expand to for (int; x < n; x++) which is invalid code.


Apart from anything else this useless macros must be

#define FOR(x,n)for(typeof(x)x=0;x<(n);x++)

"#define FOR(x,n)for(typeof(x)x=0;x<(n);x++)" won't even work. In order for typeof() to function, x has to already exist, and if x already exists the compiler will complain that you're redeclaring x. EG:

int x;


will expand to "for(int x=0; x<(10);x++", but you already declared x... The closest you might want is "FOR(n) for(int x=0; x<(n); x++)" but I fail to see much point. If you're going to macro a for loop, do so because you're controlling the entire loop for a specific set. Such as:

#define ITERATE_DEVICE_LIST    for(int i=0; i < NUM_DEVICES; i++)

At least this ensures that indexing errors need only be fixed in the macro and prevents stray typos from causing problems in the future.

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