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Language: C++
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Feb 20, 1998



Application Security Testing: An Integral Part of DevOps

Prefer Enums Over #define Macros When You Need a Fixed Set of Values

Instead of using #define macros to create a set of values, as in this (deprecated) example:
#define JAN	1
#define FEB	2
#define DEC	12
Enum types are a significantly better choice:
 //file enums.h
enum Months {
	//a list of enumerators: 
	Dec };

enum Days {
There are several benefits to the use of enums.

1. They are safe, because the compiler checks that an enum is always assigned a valid value (one of the enumerators in the enum's definition and no other). Enum types behave like any other built-in type so you can use them to overload functions:

Danny Kalev
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