pointerof

The pointerof expression returns a Pointer that points to the contents of a variable or instance variable.

An example with a variable:

a = 1

ptr = pointerof(a)
ptr.value = 2

a #=> 2

An example with an instance variable:

class Point
  def initialize(@x, @y)
  end

  def x
    @x
  end

  def x_ptr
    pointerof(@x)
  end
end

point = Point.new 1, 2

ptr = point.x_ptr
ptr.value = 10

point.x #=> 10

Because pointerof involves pointers, it is considered unsafe.

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