OpenMP and language level parallelisation

The C11 and C++11 standards introduced some very useful features into the language. In particular they provided language-level access to threading and synchronisation primitives. So using the new standards we can write multithreaded code that compiles and runs on standard compliant platforms. I've tackled translating Windows and POSIX threads before (more...)

The pains of preprocessing

| Mar 14, 2013

Ok, so I've encountered this twice in 24 hours. So it's probably worth talking about it.

The preprocessor does a simple text substitution as it works its way through your source files. Sometimes this has "unanticipated" side-effects. When this happens, you'll normally get a "hey, this makes no sense at all" error from the compiler. Here's an example:

$ more c.c
#include <ucontext.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main()
{
  int FS;
  FS=0;
  printf("FS=%i",FS);
}

$ CC c.c
$ CC c.c
"c.c", line 6: Error: Badly formed expression.
"c.c", line 7: Error: The left operand  (more...)