In this part of the course, we will learn to implement iterators and use them to traverse our data.

On the one hand, iterators are generalizations of pointers which represents positions in a container. On the other hand, they provide powerful iteration and random access in a container.

Iterators are the glue between the generic containers and the generic algorithms of the Standard Template Library.

Iterators support the following operations:

*: Returns the element at the current position.
==, !=: Compares two positions.
=: Assigns a new value to an iterator.

The range-based for-loop uses the iterators implicitly.

Because iterators are not checked, they have the same issues as pointers.

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