as written above i'm trying to use a pointer to a struct in a function. But somehow i can't dereference it. Either *pd.name, nor *(pd.name) worked for me (here name is a char array, but it didn't work with any other type as well).
The code is from an exercise, when i try to compile an error occures.
Pointers to structs has so much usage that an operator was invented for it. Check out the -> operator - in the reference at top left of this page.
std::cout << pd->sdatum;
Your problem comes from the tighter binding of the . operator over the * operator.
So this forces the de-reference of the pointer first, followed by the access to the structmember. Prefer to use the -> operator, it is just easier.
Hope all goes well.
Ordinary pointers don't seem to be used that much in modern C++, consider using a reference instead, or for a more advanced topic, smart pointers. Read up about references.
The other thing is the use of STL containers. I imagine that you might want a collection of date data, so if you put them all into a std::vector say, then you can refer to them by their position - just like an array & not need to use pointers or references at all.