Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Write and Explain a simple program in C++ using pointers

Write and Explain a simple program in C++ using pointers:

What is Pointer ?

In computer science, a pointer is a programming language object, whose fee refers to (or "points to") some other value saved someplace else in the computer memory the use of its memory address. A pointer references a location in memory, and acquiring the fee saved at that region is called dereferencing the pointer.

So we can say that C++ pointer are smooth and fun to study. Some C++ tasks are executed more effortlessly with pointers, and other C++ tasks, along with dynamic memory allocation, can't be completed without them.

As you already know each variable is a memory location and every memory location has its address defined which may be accessed using ampersand (&) operator which denotes an address in memory. Consider the following on the way to print the address with of the variables defined:


#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main ()
   int  var1;
   char var2[10];
   cout << "Address of var1 variable: ";
   cout << &var1 << endl;
   cout << "Address of var2 variable: ";
   cout << &var2 << endl;
   return 0;


Now here is pointers:

A pointer is a variable whose value is the address with of every other variable. Like any variable or constant, you must declare a pointer earlier than you may work with it. The general form of a pointer variable declaration is:

type *var-name;

Here, type is the pointer's base type; it must be a valid C++ type and var-name is the name of the pointer variable. The asterisk you used to declare a pointer is the same asterisk that you use for multiplication. However, in this statement the asterisk is being used to designate a variable as a pointer. Following are the valid pointer declaration:

int    *ip;    // pointer to an integer
double *dp;    // pointer to a double
float  *fp;    // pointer to a float
char   *ch     // pointer to character

Now Use Of Pointer In C++ :

There are few important operations, which we will do with the pointers very frequently. (a) we define a pointer variables (b) assign the address of a variable to a pointer and (c) finally access the value at the address available in the pointer variable. This is done by using unary operator * that returns the value of the variable located at the address specified by its operand. Following example makes use of these operations:


#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main () {
   int  var = 20;   // actual variable declaration.
   int  *ip;        // pointer variable 
   ip = &var;       // store address of var in pointer variable
   cout << "Value of var variable: ";
   cout << var << endl;
   // print the address stored in ip pointer variable
   cout << "Address stored in ip variable: ";
   cout << ip << endl;
   // access the value at the address available in pointer
   cout << "Value of *ip variable: ";
   cout << *ip << endl;
   return 0;


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