Some day back i was going through some library code in C and found expression like
&(((some_struct_type *) 0) -> some_element_of_some_struct_type);
And started wondering what will happen to access an element located at NULL. Thought something is wrong with the code then one of my senior suggested suggested this is Ok and then found lot of information on the web. Also the same feature is available in C as MACRO offsetof.
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* The expression ((some_struct_type *) 0) -> some_element_of_some_struct_type is invalid/undefined because we are trying to access element of some structure which is not correctly located at defined address. But the expression prefix with & becomes valid because the whole expression of getting address of member element of struct (assumed to be located at NULL) is calculated at compile time and hence dereferencing is avoided.