- An operator is a function whose designator is an operator_symbol.
Operators, like other functions, may be overloaded.
Name Resolution Rules
- Each use of a unary or binary operator is equivalent to a function_call
with function_prefix being the corresponding operator_symbol, and with
(respectively) one or two positional actual parameters being the operand(s)
of the operator (in order).
- The subprogram_specification of a unary or binary operator shall have one
or two parameters, respectively. A generic function instantiation whose
designator is an operator_symbol is only allowed if the specification of the
generic function has the corresponding number of parameters.
- Default_expressions are not allowed for the parameters of an operator
(whether the operator is declared with an explicit subprogram_specification
or by a generic_instantiation).
- An explicit declaration of "/=" shall not have a result type of the
predefined type Boolean.
- A declaration of "=" whose result type is Boolean implicitly declares a
declaration of "/=" that gives the complementary result.
(8) The operators "+" and "-" are both unary and binary operators, and
hence may be overloaded with both one- and two-parameter functions.
- Examples of user-defined operators:
function "+" (Left, Right : Matrix) return Matrix;
function "+" (Left, Right : Vector) return Vector;
-- assuming that A, B, and C are of the type Vector
-- the following two statements are equivalent:
A := B + C;
A := "+"(B, C);
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