EXPLORATION 63

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Smart Pointers

The std::unique_ptr class template is an example of a so-called smart pointer. A smart pointer behaves much like any other pointer but with extra features and functionality. This Exploration takes a closer look at unique_ptr and other smart pointers.

Revisiting unique_ptr

Exploration 61 introduced unique_ptr as a way to manage dynamically allocated objects. The unique_ptr class template overloads the dereference (*) and member access (->) operators and lets you use a unique_ptr object the same way you would use a pointer. At the same time, it extends the behavior of an ordinary pointer, such that when the unique_ptr ...

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