[erlang-questions] Erlang PP Question

Kannan vasdeveloper@REDACTED
Wed May 30 12:11:33 CEST 2012

Isn't PP takes place before parsing? Isn't PP is simply a string

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM, Richard Carlsson <
carlsson.richard@REDACTED> wrote:

> On 05/30/2012 11:26 AM, Kannan wrote:
>> Hi There,
>> If -define does just string replacement, why it does not let me do the
>> following?
>> -define(Z, z() -> io:fwrite("z")).
>> -define(Y, y() -> io:fwrite("y")).
>> -define(X, ?Y. ?Z.).
> In the last line, you have ?Y. followed by whitespace. This ends the
> define declaration. Erlang source code is divided into "forms", where each
> form ends with . followed by whitespace (usually newline, but any
> whitespace or even a comment can be used). So you have two forms at the
> end: '-define(X, ?Y.' and '?Z.).' and none of these are syntactically
> valid. It is not possible to make a single macro expand into two forms.
>   /Richard
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