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-> Operator (C# Reference)

The -> operator combines pointer dereferencing and member access.

An expression of the form,


(where x is a pointer of type T* and y is a member of T) is equivalent to,


The -> operator can be used only in unmanaged code.

The -> operator cannot be overloaded.

// cs_operator_dereferencing.cs
// compile with: /unsafe
using System;
struct Point
    public int x, y; 

class MainClass
    unsafe static void Main() 
        Point pt = new Point();
        Point* pp = &pt;
        pp->x = 123;
        pp->y = 456;
        Console.WriteLine ( "{0} {1}", pt.x, pt.y );

123 456

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