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Dynamic #define


I currently have a application which needs to dynamically define a
function (post-compilation). In Lisp, this can be done by embedding a
function definition inside a string, and call eval(string). In C++, I
thought about using #define macros, like so:

#define some_function() int a = 3; int b = 5; cout << a + b << endl;

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
return 0;

main() in this case would print out "8". The problem is that I don't
know the function definition before hand, and I need something like:

#define some_function() STRING

where STRING contains "int a = 3; int b = 5; cout << a + b <<
endl" (which can be parsed from a file, for example).

Does anyone know how to do this?

Jan 12 '08 #1
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<ji*******@gmail.comwrote in message
news:50**********************************@i12g2000 prf.googlegroups.com...

I currently have a application which needs to dynamically define a
function (post-compilation).

defines are read at pre-compile time and the word dynamic usually means
"changes at runtime", so a dynamic defines are not possible.
It sounds to me that you need to use function pointers or functors
where STRING contains "int a = 3; int b = 5; cout << a + b <<
endl" (which can be parsed from a file, for example).

This sounds like you need a factory of functors

Both "design pattern factory" and "C++ functor" can be googled, so I won't
elaborate too much. Hope that helps!
Jan 12 '08 #2
In article <5043ad3d-672f-4f3d-ab9c-051562783465
@i12g2000prf.googlegroups.com>, ji*******@gmail.com says...

I currently have a application which needs to dynamically define a
function (post-compilation). In Lisp, this can be done by embedding a
function definition inside a string, and call eval(string).
[ ... code elided ]
Does anyone know how to do this?
C++ doesn't provide any direct support for this as part of the language
itself. You have a couple of choices. One is to write a lexer/parser and
evaluate the string yourself. Another that's applicable in some
environments via non-portable code is to invoke the C++ compiler to
create a dynamic library, then dynamically link to that library. The
details of that will depend on your specific environment though.


The universe is a figment of its own imagination.
Jan 13 '08 #3

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