Terminology: "reference" versus "pointer"

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Sat Sep 12 17:13:40 CEST 2015


On Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:11:49 PM UTC+5:30, Laura Creighton wrote:
> In a message of Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:46:35 -0700, Rustom Mody writes:
> >How about lay-English ontology in which "point to" and "refer to" are fairly
> >synonymous?
> 
> This I have found is important in teaching, which is why I favour 'bind'
> and 'binding' -- rather than pointer, pointer, refer to, referring.

Well we can play humpty dumpty and make any word mean whatever we like.
However if you are a teacher you will recognize a need for pictures.
And (as far as I can tell) "Random832" finds a need for the box-n-arrow
diagrams of classic data-structure books


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