C++ treats pointers differently than other object-based languages, such as Object Pascal or Smalltalk. C++ is value based and treats classes like primitive types, whereas Object Pascal and Smalltalk are reference based (assignment means copying a pointer) and treat objects very differently from primitive types. This is a benefit of C++, because it handles all types in the same style, as opposed to multiple styles in Object Pascal (Smalltalk, like C++, is also self-consistent). However, there are some implications for your C++ programming style.
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