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Question about casting and pointers

Question about casting and pointers

Question about casting and pointers


I am just experimenting with some code. And I am not sure why I need to cast to an unsigned char*.

I get this error:  cannot convert from 'unsigned char' to 'unsigned char *'    
I can understand that the pointer is an unsigned char. But if I am assigning the address of the myFloat which I am casting a unsigned char. Why do I need to cast it as a pointer as well?


float myFloat = 10000;
unsigned char *ptrChar;
ptrChar = (unsigned char *) &myFloat;

//Why can't I just do this?
ptrChar = (unsigned char) &myFloat;

The following example using a int:


int myInt = 1000;
int *ptrInt = &myInt;
As the pointer is an int and I am assigning the address of myInt this works perfectly ok.

However, with the example above I have converted to a unsigned char.

Many thanks for clearing this up.


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