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    So what's the difference between #define and a variable apart from #define has no type and can't be changed? Or is that it?

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    I think the question I would ask is what they have in common. I'm pretty sure the answer is "nothing".

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    True, They have almost nothing in common. #define is a pre-preprocessor directive which simply does textual substitution. Whereas variables have a value and an address. The list is endless really..
    Spidey out!

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    Nothing.
    A variable is a chunk of memory that you can read and write.
    A define is simply a text-replacement tool that replaces all instances of x with y.
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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