When do I specifically use Pointers?

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    So basically, non-pointer variables are limited by memory, and pointers are free to use as much memory? so to speak?
    Any variable, including a pointer, has a given size. A pointer may point to a region of memory only limited by what is available to the program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserlight View Post
    Any variable, including a pointer, has a given size. A pointer may point to a region of memory only limited by what is available to the program.
    You guys should definitely consider a thanks button. I'm having the urge to do it.

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    "Thanks laserlight! How the hell do you know everything?!"
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    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
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    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia View Post
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    "Thanks laserlight! How the hell do you know everything?!"

    Yeah, and I could give others who are trying to learn C/C++ programming aswell, a recommendation to go to cprogramming.com, and the forums for help.

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