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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
p1 FFDA FFEC
p2 FFDC FFEE

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

Variable Address Value
i FFEC 6
j FFEE 6
p1 FFDA FFEC
p2 FFDC FFEE

While the assignment p1 = p2 for the second program results

Variable Address Value
i FFEC 3
j FFEE 6
p1 FFDA FFEE
p2 FFDC FFEE

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

++*ip

and

(*ip)++

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 are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
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
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
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sciencedirect big data base
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Source:  OpenStax, Introduction to computer science. OpenStax CNX. Jul 29, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10776/1.1
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