Function pointers in C and understanding them

function pointers
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In theory function pointers are straightforward. You have a pointer which is assigned to a function. You then make a call indirectly to that function. But, it’s when the function has parameters passed in and returns things that the definition  gets messy. Reading them is hard enough but trying to get it right when you are writing them can waste a lot of time.

Most days I read various websites and one of those is the C programming forum on reddit.com.  This has either articles or links to articles an one that was recently posted is about C function pointers and includes a very extensive list of definitions and what they mean with nearly 40 different examples of both legal and not legal examples. The examples are handy; just make sure you don’t use an illegal one. It won’t compile!