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typedef struct vs. just struct

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I have never quite understood the reason behind using typedef with structs. For example:
typedef struct MYSTRUCT_TYPE{
    int n;
} MYSTRUCT;

vs.

struct MYSTRUCT{
     int n;
};


why exactly would one want to use the typedef version other than the fact you could do } MYSTRUCT, YOURSTRUCT; What is the big deal all about for using typedef struct. Anyone know the ansewer to this? Thanks!

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it is done in C because if you don't typedef a structure every use of it you would have to add the keyword "struct" behind it e.g.:


struct jim {};

struct jim dan;


so to make it look more natural you need to do this in C:


typedef struct _jim {} jim;

jim dan;


but it's redundant in C++ just avoid it.

[Edited by - snk_kid on August 21, 2004 3:20:51 AM]

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