c++return by ref #briefly

Background: This is an old topic I studied multiple times, but still unfamiliar. I think most people don’t work at such a low level?

Q1: Can return a malloc object by reference? I tested. You can still get the address by taking the address of the reference.

Q1b: if you only have a reference to a heap object, how can you delete it? See https://bintanvictor.wordpress.com/?p=10505&preview=true

Q: Can return a static local by reference? I think so but not popular

Q: Can return a by-ref argument by reference? No need (but legal) since the caller already has that reference. You could return it in an if/else

Q: can return another object in scope by reference? Yes

Return-by-non-const-ref is often used in operator overloading to support counter[3].increment()

The assignment operator returns a const ref.

 

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