Code Smell 56 - Preprocessors
We want our code to behave different on different environments, operating systems, so taking decisions at compile time is the best decision, isn't it?.
Remove all compiler directives.
If you want different behavior, model it with objects
If you think there's a performance penalty, make a serious benchmark instead of doing premature optimization.
This is a syntactic directive promoted by several languages, therefore it is easy to detect and replace with real behavior.
Adding an extra layer of complexity makes debugging very difficult. This technique was used when memory and CPU were scarce. Nowadays we need clean code and we mus leave premature optimization buried in the past.
Bjarne Stroustrup, in his book The Design and Evolution of C++, regrets on the pre-processor directives he created years before.
C++ is designed to allow you to express ideas, but if you don't have ideas or don't have any clue about how to express them, C++ doesn't offer much help.
This article is part of the CodeSmell Series.