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C/C++ Preprocessor Reference

The C/C++ Preprocessor Reference explains the preprocessor as it is implemented in Microsoft C/C++. The preprocessor performs preliminary operations on C and C++ files before they are passed to the compiler. You can use the preprocessor to conditionally compile code, insert files, specify compile-time error messages, and apply machine-specific rules to sections of code.

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Preprocessor Directives
Describes directives, typically used to make source programs easy to change and easy to compile in different execution environments.
Preprocessor Operators
Discusses the four preprocessor-specific operators used in the context of the #define directive.
Predefined Macros
Discusses predefined macros as specified by ANSI and Microsoft C++.
Pragmas
Discusses pragmas, which offer a way for each compiler to offer machine- and operating system-specific features while retaining overall compatibility with the C and C++ languages.

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