Data members (C++ only)

Data members include members that are declared with any of the fundamental types, as well as other types, including pointer, reference, array types, bit fields, and user-defined types. You can declare a data member the same way as a variable, except that explicit initializers are not allowed inside the class definition. However, a const static data member of integral or enumeration type may have an explicit initializer.

If an array is declared as a nonstatic class member, you must specify all of the dimensions of the array.

A class can have members that are of a class type or are pointers or references to a class type. Members that are of a class type must be of a class type that has been previously declared. An incomplete class type can be used in a member declaration as long as the size of the class is not needed. For example, a member can be declared that is a pointer to an incomplete class type.

A class X cannot have a member that is of type X, but it can contain pointers to X, references to X, and static objects of X. Member functions of X can take arguments of type X and have a return type of X. For example:

class X
{
      X();
      X *xptr;
      X &xref;
      static X xcount;
      X xfunc(X);
};

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