Is There Even a difference? To declare a pointer in C++, you would use an asterisk symbol next to your pointer name. To illustrate this, when declaring a regular int scalar variable, you might enter the following: int a; When declaring a pointer “b”, you’ll proceed by entering: int* b; As you can see, the pointer variable contains the asterisk symbol. Let’s look at the memory to see what just happened. For the scalar variable int “a”, 4 bytes of memory were reserved. If you look at the representation below, you’ll see that int “a” was in fact assigned 4