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Logical XOR operator

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5 Sep 2002
A simple implementation of a logical xor operator.


Occasionally I come to a need of a logical xor operator (^^) that, obviously, doesn't exist in C++. However, it can be rather easily implemented.

Code listing

#define log_xor || log_xor_helper() ||

struct log_xor_helper {
    bool value;

template<typename LEFT>
log_xor_helper &operator ||(const LEFT &left, log_xor_helper &xor) {
    xor.value = (bool)left;
    return xor;

template<typename RIGHT>
bool operator ||(const log_xor_helper &xor, const RIGHT &right) {
    return xor.value ^ (bool)right;


0 log_xor 0 == false
0 log_xor 5 == true
8 log_xor 0 == true
8 log_xor 5 == false

Other details

  • Although they don't have to have the same type, operands should be castable into a simple boolean.
  • Precedence of log_xor operator is the same as logical or's (||) one.
  • If you decide to use it, I suggest you to add log_xor keyword to the usertype.dat file and insert somewhere the #pragma warning(disable: 4800) line.


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