Do we have pointers in python like other programming languages

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is there a difference between pointers in python and other programming language?

does pointers in python exist?
Mar 12, 2019 in Python by Waseem
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No, we don't have any kind of Pointer in Python language. The objects are passed to function by reference. The mechanism used in Python is exactly like passing pointers by the value in C. We have Python variables which is not a pointer.
answered Mar 12, 2019 by MrBoot
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From one point of view, everything is a pointer in Python. Your example works a lot like the C++ code. (A closer equivalent would use some type of shared_ptr<Object> instead of int* .)

Python doesn't need pointers in order to achieve this as every variable is a reference to an object. These references are slightly different from C++ references, in that they can be assigned to - much like pointers in C++. Python standard way of handling things supports you. In python every variable is a reference.

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answered Dec 16, 2020 by Gitika
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edited Jul 8, 2021 by Sarfaraz

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