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    Question Pointers

    What is the diff between * and ->

    Thanks in adv.

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    -> is used to abbreviate a pointer to a member of a structure:
    (*p_part).number = p_part->number

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    You don't normally compare the two. * is a symboling telling the compiler that you want to go *indirectly* through a variable (making it a pointer).

    -> on the other hand, is used for reference the fields of a structure, when you only have a pointer to the structure, not the actual structure itself, to work with.

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    Don't forget there's two different versions of *. One is for referencing, or declaring the pointer like has been mentioned, and one is for retrieving the value stored in the memory address contained in the pointer.

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