- Unions are similar to structures but a union’s members all share the same memory location. In essence a union is a variable that is capable of holding different types of data at different times.
- May contain any number of members
- Members may be of any data type
- Are as large as their largest member
- Use exactly the same syntax as structures except struct is replaced with union
Creating an Union
Purpose of a Union
Unions are similar to structures EXCEPT that struct by itself outside of a union assigns a new memory location upon declaration
union allows the same memory location to be viewed and manipulated as different data types.
Creating a Union with typedef
typedef union unionTagoptional
Unions Memory Storage
Union variables may be declared exactly like structure variables. Memory is allocated to accomodate the union's largest member.