An explanation of typedef being used to create an alias data type.
== General Discussion ==
The typedef statement allows the programmer to create an alias, or synonym, for an existing data type. This can be useful in documenting a program. The C++ programming language syntax is:
Let's say a programmer is using a double data type to store the amount of money that is being used for various purposes in a program. He might define the variables as follows:
=== Example 1: Regular Definition of Variables ===
However, he might use the typedef statement and define the variables as follows:
=== Example 2: Using typedef when Defining Variables ===
The typedef statement is not used very often by beginning programmers. It usually creates more confusion than needed, thus stick to using the normal data types at first.
== Definitions ==
Allows the programmer to create an alias, or synonym, for an existing data type.