Using the C++ 'this' pointer explicitly to point to the class object member code sample


Compiler: Visual C++ Express Edition 2005

Compiled on Platform: Windows XP Pro SP2

Header file: Standard

Additional library: none/default

Additional project setting: Set project to be compiled as C++

Project -> your_project_name Properties -> Configuration Properties -> C/C++ -> Advanced -> Compiled As: Compiled as C++ Code (/TP)

Other info: none

To do: Using the C++ 'this' pointer explicitly to refer to the class object members

To show: How to use the hidden C++ 'this' pointer explicitly in C++ programming




// using the this pointer explicitly to refer to the object members

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;


class ThiPoint


int c;



void display();




// constructor method/function

ThiPoint::ThiPoint(int a)


cout<<"A constructor..."<<endl<<endl;

c = a;



// printing method/function

void ThiPoint::display()


cout<<"Direct access: c = "<<c<<endl;

cout<<"Arrow operator: this->c = "<<this->c<<endl;

// use parentheses for (*this).c because dot has higher precedence than *

cout<<"Pointer and dot operator: (*this).c = "<<(*this).c<<endl;





cout<<endl<<"A destructor..."<<endl;



void main(void)


int x = 100;


cout<<"Using the C++ this pointer explicitly"<<endl;

ThiPoint b(x);






Output example:


Using the C++ this pointer explicitly

A constructor...

Direct access: c = 100

Arrow operator: this->c = 100

Pointer and dot operator: (*this).c = 100

A destructor...

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