© Ivor Horton and Peter Van Weert 2018
Ivor Horton and Peter Van WeertBeginning C++17https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3366-5_6

6. Pointers and References

Ivor Horton1  and Peter Van Weert2
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK
Kessel-Lo, Belgium

The concepts of pointers and references have similarities, which is why we have put them together in a single chapter. Pointers are important because they provide the foundation for allocating memory dynamically. Pointers can also make your programs more effective and efficient in other ways. Both references and pointers are fundamental to object-oriented programming.

In this chapter, you’ll learn
  • What pointers are and how they are defined

  • How to obtain the address of a variable

  • How to create memory for ...

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