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Printer:-Comment - display comment line in printed output

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Printer module



string to be printed as comment



The procedure Comment, when used as an argument to a Print call, indicates that s should be printed as a source-code comment in the generated output.


It is frequently useful to print source-code comments in the output generated by a custom CodeGeneration translator. This is especially true when there is no exact equivalent for a Maple expression in the target language, so details about the original object would be otherwise lost in the generated output.


Note that any comments present in the Maple input do not appear as comments in the generated output, as the Maple interpreter ignores them.  Thus, no comments appear in the generated output unless they are explicitly printed by a translator.


The format of a block of comment text is controlled by the language attribute "Comment".  The language attribute "Comment_FormatEachLine" specifies whether each line of a multi-line comments should be formatted as a separate comment.


The following defines an extension of C that prints a comment after every if statement.


LanguageDefinition[Define]("CommentExample", extend = "C",
      "If_Begin" = proc(x)
           (Printer:-Indent(), "if (",x,")\n",
            Printer:-Comment("This is a comment.\n"))
      end proc

p1 := proc(x) if x=0 then return(1) else return(2) end if; end proc:


int p1 (int x)
    if (x == 0)
  // This is a comment.


See Also

Language Attributes, Print, Printer

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