get method object return types

Some clarification please.  Are the objects returned by the various get()
methods assumed to be pointers/references to the underlying object, or are
they copies of the object?  I assume that the intention is that either
pointers or references are returned, but this is not entirely clear. 
Obviously, the two methods would produce radically different behaviour.

Received on Thursday, 16 March 2000 14:42:58 UTC