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Compiler Error C3072

operator 'operator' cannot be applied to an instance of a ref class

use the unary 'operator ' operator to convert an instance of a ref class to a handle type

A CLR type requires CLR operators, not native (or standard) operators. For more information, see Tracking Reference Operator (C++ Component Extensions).

The following sample generates C3072.

// C3072.cpp
// compile with: /clr
ref class R {};

int main() {
   R r1;
   R^ r2 = &r1;   // C3072
   R^ r3 = %r1;   // OK
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