Thread: What is a handle exactly?

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    What is a handle exactly?


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    Waterloo, Texas
    It generally means an "indirect access" pointer, but sometimes it's direct. For instance, in Windows, we get a handle to a bitmap with CreateCompatibleBitmap(). But the pointer it returns does not give you direct access to the bitmap bits. Thus, this is a "true" handle. On the other hand, you could assign a pointer to an int, but that would be a "direct" handle since you can physically manipulate the value at the other end of it...
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
        return std::pow
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;

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    thank you =)

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    yes, summed up, it's just a way to reference an object (usually a data structure in memory).

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