The BOOST_PP_OVERLOAD variadic macro expands to the name of a non-variadic macro having a given number of parameters.


BOOST_PP_OVERLOAD(prefix,...) (v)


The prefix of the non-variadic macro name.
Variadic data. The number of variadic data elements, as determined by BOOST_PP_VARIADIC_SIZE, is appended to the prefix to form the output non-variadic macro name.


This macro creates a macro name which depends on the number of elements of variadic data. It should be used in the form of
BOOST_PP_OVERLOAD(MACRO_NAME_,__VA_ARGS__)(__VA_ARGS__) in order to call a non-variadic macro taking a given number of variadic data elements as non-variadic arguments. In this way one can invoke a variadic macro with a variable number of parameters which calls one of a series of non-variadic macros doing very similar things.
Header:  <boost/preprocessor/facilities/overload.hpp>

Sample Code

#include <boost/preprocessor/facilities/overload.hpp>
#include <boost/preprocessor/cat.hpp>
#include <boost/preprocessor/facilities/empty.hpp>
#include <boost/preprocessor/arithmetic/add.hpp>

#define MACRO_1(number) MACRO_2(number,10)
#define MACRO_2(number1,number2) BOOST_PP_ADD(number1,number2)




// or for Visual C++

#define MACRO_ADD_NUMBERS(...) \


MACRO_ADD_NUMBERS(5) // output is 15
MACRO_ADD_NUMBERS(3,6) // output is 9

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