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Pointers In C - A Boon Or A Bane?


Pointers have been known to cause hours upon hours of frustration for C/C++ programmers, but are they good or bad? Here's Deepak's Insight...

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By: Deepak P
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August 19, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Pointers In C - A Boon Or A Bane?
  2. · Pointers In C
  3. · Dangling Pointers
  4. · Matrices Are Pointers Too!
  5. · Conclusion

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Pointers In C - A Boon Or A Bane? - Conclusion
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In this article we've seen the pro's and con's of using pointers in C code. Pointers allow for quicker programming with more direct access to memory and methods of allocation, however they are also extremely confusing to beginning programmers who are trying to come to grips with C/C++.

Overall, the use of pointers really is a must in C, but not so much in C++. I prefer to make extensive use of pointers in my code, however with the advent of the .NET languages, pointers are no longer required for C++ developers, which is a shame from my point of view.
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