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Pointers in C/C++

Pointers are sometimes confusing to C/C++ programmers at first, but they don’t have to be! Pointers are just like any other variable in C/C++ but instead of holding an actual value they hold an address. I will use some simple code to show you how pointers work. Take a look at the code below.

int number = 4;
int* pNumber = &number;

int* pNumber = &number creates an integer pointer and assigns number’s address to it. In C/C++ the character ‘&’ means the “address of”. The simple program below will give you a better understanding of addresses.

#include <stdio.h>

int main()
int number = 4;
int* pNumber = &number;
printf(“%u, %u\n”, &number, pNumber);

return 0;

The output would be:

3214459548, 3214459548

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  1. February 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

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