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Country: India
Interview Type: Phone Interview

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Pointers are special types of variables that can hold the memory location (point to the address) of another variable
or just point directly to a specific memory location, which should be within the valid range for your process.
Below are some use cases for pointers:
1. Allocate a storage for a specific variable and store that location address in a pointer;

2. Use pointers to pass the variable to other functions (compare with pass by value scenario).
The called function will actually change the original variable's value when using the passed in
pointer to modify that variable inside the function (again, compare with the "by value" scenario
when the modified variable does not affect the original variable);

3. Pointers are very extensively used in h/w programming, e.g storing the address of a variable in h/w registers;

4. For all the other cases, please consult any C/C++ books :) or just use Wiki

- ashot madatyan July 25, 2012 | Flag Reply

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