Syntax for implementing a function that returns a pointer

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    Syntax for implementing a function that returns a pointer

    I have a List class with a function that returns a pointer value and it is declared as follows in a header file:

    Code:
    Node *Find(int key);
    I want to implement this function but I have no idea how to do it properly when the return type is a pointer. A thought it might be something a long the lines of:

    Code:
    // in the .cc file
    
    
    List::Node *::List::Find(int key)
    {
    
    // My implementation code
    
    
    return nodePtr;
    
    }
    However, this doesn't work and my searches for something similar have come up blank thus far. Thank you so much for your help!

    Best regards.

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    This:
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    List::Node *::List::Find(int key)
    should be:
    Code:
    List::Node* List::Find(int key)
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    Thank you!

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