Use constexpr for optional configuration

Right now, I use something like the following to provide configuration to “sub-projects” within my code:

#ifndef _CONFIG_H
#define _CONFIG_H

#if defined(USE_CONFIG_H) && USE_CONFIG_H == 1
#include <config.h>

//Default value for CONFIG_OPTION_1 
#define CONFIG_OPTION_1 10

//Default value for CONFIG_OPTION_2
#define CONFIG_OPTION_2 20


That way I can include _config.h in my sub-project, use the configuration values, and “override” them if necessary be defining USE_CONFIG_H at compile time and placing config.h in the include path.

Now, I have been trying to convert over as much old C-style code as I can to take advantage of the safer alternatives in C++. Once of these is converting constants defined using macros into constexpr values. For example

constexpr unsigned int CONFIG_OPTION_1 = 10;

The problem I am having is, how do I replicate the same behavior I had with macros being able to conditionally override the default configuration values?


Macros are the only way to make conditional compilation, so you cannot get rid of them entirely. But you can use the macro to initialise a variable:

constexpr unsigned int NON_MACRO_CONFIG_OPTION_1 = CONFIG_OPTION_1;

Thereby getting the benefits of types.