Is a form of referring an object by different names - the pointer and its target reffer to the same space in memory. Pointer assignment takes place between a pointer variable and a target variable, or between two pointer variables.
PtoR => yPointer PtoR is associated with the target y, i.e. PtoR becomes an alias for y.
PtoA => bPointer PtoA is associated with the target b, i.e. PtoA becomes an alias for b.
PtoR2 => PtoRPointer PtoR2 is associated with the target of the pointer PtoR, i.e. is associated with y; now both PtoR and PtoR2 are aliases for y. This statement is correct since all pointer variables implicitly have the TARGET attribute (PtoR is here a target).
Note the difference between ``pointer asignment'' (, which makes the pointer and the target variables reference the same space) and ``normal assignment'' (, which alters the value in the space reffered to by the LHS).
x=3.0 PtoR => y ! pointer assignment PtoR = x ! y = xThe last statement effectively sets y to 3. Pointers in a ``normal assignment'' are automatically dereferenced; thus, PtoR is effectively an alias for y.