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Pointer assignment

Since pointers are variables, they can be used without dereferencing. Pointer assignment between two pointers makes them point to the same pointee. So the assignment iq = ip; copies the contents of ip into iq, thus making iq point to whatever ip pointed to. It makes iq point to the same pointee as ip. Pointer assignment does not touch the pointees. It just changes one pointer to have the same reference as another pointer. After pointer assignment, the two pointers are said to be "sharing" the pointee.

Example Consider the following programs:

main() {int i = 3, j = 6; int *p1, *p2;p1 =&i; p2 =&j; *p1 = *p2;} andmain() {int i = 3, j = 6; int *p1, *p2;p1 =&i; p2 =&j; p1 = p2;}

Suppose the values of variables before executing the last assignment are

Variable Address Value
i FFEC 3
j FFEE 6

After the assignment *p1 = *p2; for the first program:

Variable Address Value
i FFEC 6
j FFEE 6

While the assignment p1 = p2 for the second program results

Variable Address Value
i FFEC 3
j FFEE 6

Initializing pointers

Pointer variables with automatic storage duration start with an undefined value, unless their declaration contains an explicit initializer. You can initialize a pointer with the following kinds of initializers:

  • A null pointer constant.
  • A pointer to the same type, or to a less qualified version of the same type.
  • A void pointer, if the pointer being initialized is not a function pointer. Here again, the pointer being initialized can be a pointer to a more qualified type.

Operators on pointers

Besides using assignments to make a pointer refer to a given object or function, you can also modify an object pointer using arithmetic operations. When you perform pointer arithmetic , the compiler automatically adapts the operation to the size of the objects referred to by the pointer type.

You can perform the following operations on pointers to objects:

  • Adding an integer to, or subtracting an integer from, a pointer.
  • Subtracting one pointer from another.
  • Comparing two pointers.

If ip points to the integer x, then *ip can occur in any context where x could, so

*ip = *ip + 10;

The unary operators * and&bind more tightly than arithmetic operators, so the assignment

y = *ip + 1

takes whatever ip points at, adds 1, and assigns the result to y, while

*ip += 1

increments what ip points to, as do




The parentheses are necessary in this last example; without them, the expression would increment ip instead of what it points to, because unary operators like * and ++ associate right to left.

When you subtract one pointer from another, the two pointers must have the same basic type, although you can disregard any type. Furthermore, you may compare any pointer with a null pointer constant using the equality operators (== and !=), and you may compare any object pointer with a pointer to void.

Pointer to pointer

A pointer variable is itself an object in memory, which means that a pointer can point to it. To declare a pointer to a pointer , you must use two asterisks, as in the following Example

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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