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Constants (Delphi Prism and C++/CLI Cross Reference Guide)

By Mike Prestwood

Delphi Prism versus C++/CLI: A side by side comparison between Delphi Prism and C++/CLI.

 
Language Basics
 

Language basics is kind of a catch all for absolute beginner stuff. The items (common names) I chose for language basics is a bit random and include items like case sensitivity, commenting, declaring variables, etc.

Constants

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General Info: Computer Language Constants

A constant is just like a variable (it holds a value) but, unlike a variable, you cannot change the value of a constant.

Delphi Prism:   const kPI: Double=3.1459;

In Prism, you define constants similar to how you define variables but use the Const keyword instead of the Var keyword. Specifying the type is optional. If you don't specify the type, the compiler chooses the most appropriate type for you.

Declare class constants as part of the class definitions. Declare local constants above the begin..end. Although Prism support inline variables, inline constants are not supported.

Syntax Example:
//Specified type:
const
kFeetToMeter: Double = 3.2808;
  kMeterToFeet: Double = .3048; 
  kName: String = "Mike";

//Unspecified type:
const kPIShort = 3.14;
C++/CLI:   const or literal

C++/CLI supports the const and static const keywords of standard C++ as well as the new literal keyword. A literal is equivalent to static const in standard C++ and Microsoft's documentation recommends to replace static const with the new literal keyword because a literal is available in metadata; a static const variable is not available in metadata to other compilers.

You can use static const within the class declaration or locally within a method. However, literal is only valid in the class declaration section and const is only valid within a method.

Syntax Example:  
//some method {
const String^ MyName = "John";
static const Int32 MyAge = 27;
//}
// public class SomeClass : public Object {
public:
  literal double Pi = 3.14159;
  literal String^ MyName = "Mike";
  static const Int32 MyAge = 35;
//...












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