Terminology: "reference" versus "pointer"

Akira Li 4kir4.1i at gmail.com
Sat Sep 12 19:54:33 CEST 2015


Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> writes:

> 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

Speaking of pictures and names in Python
http://python.net/~goodger/projects/pycon/2007/idiomatic/handout.html#other-languages-have-variables




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