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Old 07 February 2015, 19:37   #15
Mrs Beanbag
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C/C++ has some esoteric subtleties, like the difference between pointers and references, const correctness, and of course the eccentric syntax of for-loops. C++11 adds various weird stuff, too, like l-value references and "move semantics".

It's really just a case of knowing all the things. So many of the terms in a C program are really only there to satisfy the pedantry of the compiler. It is pedantic for good reasons but it can be confusing and frustrating for a beginner.

It is this way because it is actually quite a low-level language hiding behind a lot of "syntactic sugar".
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