Declaration of function

// function prototype
double pam(int);

// fucntion declaration
double (*pf)(int);  // pf points to a function which takes int argument and returns a double

one tip is that, we can write a prototype of a function, and replace the name with a pointer

And we may need to add parentheses

double (*pf)(int);

double* pf(int);  // returns a pointer to double

To invoke a function

// Two ways

// or

Holy syntax!

There comes a sample

double first(double arg);
double second(double arg);

void estimate(double (*pf)(double a));

int main() {

    return 0;

double first(double a) {
    printf("First %lf\n", a);
    return 0;

double second(double a) {
    printf("Second %lf\n", a);
    return 0;
void estimate(double (*pf)(double)) {

In c++11, we have

int a(int);

int main() {
  auto b = a;

Using typedef

typedef const double *(*p_fun)(const double *, int); 
p_fun p1 = f1; // p1 points to the f1() function