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Jan 22, 2018, 12:33 am Last Edit: Jan 22, 2018, 12:40 am by PORTB
For some reason it took me this long to figure out that you can use a function's return value to access a pin. May not be useful but nice to know (unless you already knew).
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#include <Streaming.h> //https://github.com/kachok/arduino-libraries/blob/master/Streaming/Streaming.h
//Allows you to print to a stream using '<<'

#define LED_PIN 33

void setup()


byte pinFunc(byte getPin)
Serial << "Pin " << getPin << " is ";

return getPin;

bool pinState()
static bool state = HIGH;

state = !state;

Serial << state << endl;

return state;

void loop()
digitalWrite(pinFunc(LED_PIN), pinState());



Just to be clear; the argument of any function is a computation that produces the result you want for that parameter.  The simplest computation is a constant, e.g., 1.  But anything that produces a suitable value may be used.  Since digitalWrite wants an 8-bit unsigned pin number, any computation you can imagine that produces an 8-bit value in the range of pin numbers is valid.

digitalWrite(SomePin - 1, (on ? HIGH : LOW) );

(yes, you might question why you know that SomePin, which might be a variable, requires subtracting 1 to get the correct pin number.  This would actually be a pretty poor programming style.  I use it to illustrate that any expression can be used, as long as it makes sense in your circuit).

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