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Questions tagged [pointers]

Questions related to teaching about pointers or references. Use this tag to ask about teaching various aspects and points regarding pointers.

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Why are pointers a key topic in a CS curriculum and oft cited as something people don't get?

I was reading a Q&A on Meta Software Engineering and saw some people make reference to pointers, as well as this SE. I see several Q&A here relating to pointers as well. I don't understand ...
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Is it important to teach pointers in a first course using Java?

Many instructors teaching with Java started their education using earlier languages such as C or C++ in which pointers are essential. Pointers, however, are not a Java concept, though those same ...
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Explaining pointers to highschoolers

How would you explain pointers and their use to high school students with some prior knowledge in programming, mainly in Python, but very limited knowledge of C? Note that this isn't a duplicate of ...
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Simple Pointer Examples in C

Thanks to feedback in this thread, I'm beginning to plan how to integrate a basic introduction to pointers into my unit on arrays. Here's a sample program I just wrote up: ...