Pointers in C++ are similar to pointers in C. They are used to hold address of other variables. Thus pointer is a way to access the data in an indirect manner. For example consider the program fragment given below.
int data=10; // data is an integer variable.
int *ptr; // ptr is a pointer which can hold the address of an integer variable
p=&a; // & is used to get the address of variable data.
Now we can access the content of data using either data itself or the pointer variable ptr.
cout<<*ptr; // will print 10.
cout<<data; // will print 10.
The content of variable data is accessed by using *ptr, which gives the content of the address in ptr.
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