inbinder - 4 months ago 42

C Question

In going over some C code I've encountered the following as examples.

`*(dates +2) I get that this is the 3rd element of the array`

.

`*dates +2 2 added to the value of the 1st element.`

Is there a reason for using this notation over:

dates[2]

dates[2] seems clearer.

Answer

In `*(dates +2)`

, `2`

is added to pointer `dates`

and then the incremented pointer is dereferenced while in `*dates +2`

, pointer `dates`

is dereferenced first and then `2`

is added to the dereferenced value.

```
+-------+-------+-------+-------+
| | | | |
dates | 2 | 5 | 6 | 10 |
+-------+-------+-------+-------+
x100 x104 x108 x10C
```

In above expressions `dates`

will be converted pointer to the first element, i.e. `dates[0]`

of `dates`

array. Address of `dates[0]`

is `x100`

. Therefore,

`*(dates + 2)`

means: add `2`

units to the base address `x100`

and then get the value stored at `x108`

. Result will be `6`

.

`*dates + 2`

means: get the value at base addess `x100`

and then add `2`

to that value. Result will be `2 + 2 = 4`

.