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C++: Pointers - Part 1

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Pointers are one of fundamental topics related to programming that can be quite confusing until you develop your own personal intuition for what they are and how they work. Passing on this intuition is also a difficult task, because once the more experienced developer finally understands pointers, they seem to entirely forget what was so confusing in the first place.

I will attempt to pass on the intuition I have developed for using pointers in C and C++. The metaphors and explanations that I use are based on a number of attempts to help beginners struggling with concepts. Each of whom now have a better understanding of these confounding constructs. Even if you are completely comfortable with pointers, maybe I can possibly give you another approach to help better explain these fundamental tools to others.

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