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On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 2:07 AM, Sean Conner <> wrote:
>   Perhaps it's because of my extensive background in Assembly and C, but
> what exactly *is* the difference between a pointer and a reference, other
> than hiding the pointer behind some syntactic surgar?

You need a valid target to initialize a reference ( yeah, you may
invoke undefined behaviour somewhere and make it ref *0, but if you
are using it the easy way it makes things clearer, type* => optional,
type& => mandatory ).

Francisco Olarte.