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C++ Coding Standard

Rule:  PRE#002Checked automatically with code checker

Synopsis:Use parentheses around macro and macro parameters
Severity Level:4


If a macro can be used in an expression or the parameter passed to a macro can be an expression, use parenthesis around them.

Consider a macro that calculates the square of number.

// Not allowed !!!
#define SQUARE(p) p * p

When the macro is used as follows:

SQUARE(5 + 2)

it is expanded into:

5 + 2 * 5 + 2

The result is 17 instead of 49.

To prevent such unexpected results, always use parentheses around the entire macro and macro parameters, as in:

// OK
#define SQUARE(p) ((p) * (p))
An exception to this rule is when a macro is defined as a single token, as in:
// OK