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the C abstract machine

there is no problem with pointers if you look straight at them. the problem is when somebody tries to wrap them in some obscured "politically correct" story that doesn't hurt a chipmunk if you step on it.

i know this line is confusing, but Pascal was my first programing language and when the time came to grow up and use pointers normally i reached for a Pascal programming book...

well, that book in it's chapter of pointers had everything else, about lists, about binary trees... but i could not tell what pointers are.

i mean, the person who wrote that book constantly repeated how pointers are really useful although you should avoid to use them as much as possible... he doesn't know about pointers.

then i read a chapter about pointers from a C tutorial and everything became crystal clear. there was i happy and using pointers in Pascal.

the same thing was with win32 programming. you can not learn it from a Delphi book, you need a C book for that. but you can sure as hell do that in Pascal as good (or better) as in C if you learn the right way.

pointers are a fundamental thing. the 8086 processor has a few general purpose registers and about the same number of Index registers. out of this bunch SI and DI are your pointers.

and i bet you will understand pointers even better if you learn assembly than C, but C is good enough.

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