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/* The following code example is taken from the book
* "C++ Templates - The Complete Guide"
* by David Vandevoorde and Nicolai M. Josuttis, Addison-Wesley, 2002
* (C) Copyright David Vandevoorde and Nicolai M. Josuttis 2002.
* Permission to copy, use, modify, sell and distribute this software
* is granted provided this copyright notice appears in all copies.
* This software is provided "as is" without express or implied
* warranty, and with no claim as to its suitability for any purpose.
template <typename T>
inline T const& max (T const& a, T const& b)
return a < b ? b : a;
int main()
max<double>(1.0, -3.0); // explicitly specify template argument
max(1.0, -3.0); // template argument is implicitly deduced
// to be double
max<int>(1.0, 3.0); // the explicit <int> inhibits the deduction;
// hence the result has type int