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Block Assert

Include "block_assert.hpp" in order to use the BLOCK_ASSERT macro. The usage is as follows:

BLOCK_ASSERT("Your message about the condition being tested",
  (a)(SEQ)(of)(variables)(to)(pass)(in), (
    int foo = a;
    some_type bar(a, SEQ, in);
    return foo.something() == bar.mutate_in_some_way();

A "SEQ" is a sequence where each element is enclosed in parentheses. It is one of the primary data structures of the Boost Preprocessor library. You cannot pass in an empty one, since they don't exist. It is perfectly OK to pass in a variable and not use it though.

The variables you pass in are made available in the block under the same name you passed them in with.

The parenthesis-enclosed block passed in should return true if the assertion holds and false if the assertion fails to hold.

See the file "" for a more-or-less real example of usage.


The __VA_ARGS__ macro is used. There is a not-fully-equivalent workaround that can be enabled by defining BLOCK_ASSERT_NO_VA_ARGS, but it restricts the passed-in block to having only a single declarator per declaration, not using the comma operator at the top-level of an expression statement, and not mentioning templates that take multiple arguments. The limitation is caused by the preprocessor thinking that commas that aren't enclosed in a balanced pair of parentheses are delimiting multiple macro arguments when the parentheses of the passed-in block are being removed. Without __VA_ARGS__, the macro that removes those parentheses is limited to a fixed number of "unenclosed commas" in the block (which is arbitrarily set to be zero in the header).

Compatibility and Portability

Depends on the Boost Preprocessor library.

Tested with GCC and Clang. It can be made to work on any compiler that has decltype, a native "typeof" of any kind, or template member functions for local structs.

Legal Stuff

All headers files are under the Boost Software License. See the file LICENSE_1_0.txt for more information. Do whatever you want with everything else.