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Is it allowed to declare pointer to an object? Pointer to a class?
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Question by:Nusrat Nuriyev
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Yes, sure. 'But: A pointer to an object is always a pointer to an instance of a class. There is no usch thing as a pointer to a class. It just works like

class MyClass {

  // ...
};

int main() {

  MyClass* pointer_to_an_object_of_myclass = new MyClass()]; // declares and instantiates an objects of 'MyClass' via a pointer
}

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As opposed to array, you can specify which constructor should be used with 'new'.
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by:Nusrat Nuriyev
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The close square brace is a mistake here:
MyClass* pointer_to_an_object_of_myclass = new MyClass()];

So , we can not specify constructor while declaring array of objects?
Big thanks to you valuable input.

Another clarifications from another experts are appreciated.
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>>The close square brace is a mistake here:

Yes, sorry - typo :-/

>>So , we can not specify constructor while declaring array of objects?

No, thast's not possible, for a simple reason: Constrructors are chosen by their parameters. And when instantiating an array, there is no way to specify any parameters to be passed to any constructor. That's why the default constructor is the only one that applies here. Speaking of appying, the same is true when you use 'new' to create an array and assign it to a pointer, e.g.

MyClass* arr = new MyClass[42];

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Here you also can't pass any parameters, so the task of initializing the objects is left to the default constructor.
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