[EMAIL PROTECTED] ( Marc) (A.) (Lehmann ) wrote:

For example, in C, the compiler is legally allowed to transform:

r = (1 - a) * b;

into:

r = a - a * b;

Which might not be the same value. If that is a problem, you either have
to use more sequence points (i.e. multiple statements), or you need to use
fortran, where these kinds of transformations are not allowed :)


I assume you mean r = b - a * b, but even then that's the first I see something like this. AFAIK that is not what sequence points do. In


(1 - a()) * b()

a() might be evaluated before b() or the other way around, you never know. Sequence points ensure that everything before them is executed first.

That's what I know sequence points are for; I would be very much surprised if the compiler is allowed to do symbolic algebra. I could be wrong of course (it wouldn't be the first time). Do you have any pointers to relevant online resources?

--
"Codito ergo sum"
Roel Schroeven

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