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Joined: May 28, 2002
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import java.awt.*;
public class Question2 {
public static void main(String[] args) {
int i=0;
StringBuffer a=new StringBuffer("A");
StringBuffer b=new StringBuffer("B");
public static void modify(StringBuffer a, StringBuffer b)

Why am I getting A,B in the output. I thought it would be A,A.
Thomas Paul
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b is a local variable to the modify method. By changing b to point to a, you are doing nothing to the b in the main method. Try it by changing the variable names in the modify method to c and d to perhaps make it a bit clearer.
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Asif Mahmood

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Nmurar01, the answer "A,B" is correct. In modify method, if you make changes to objects' values then the changes would be visible in main method, but if you make changes to objects' reference, these changes will not be visible in calling method.
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Arun Pai
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Now I understand the meaning of early birds catch the worm. Moderators
Arun Pai
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Hello Moderators,
I had this question on my exam only variable names were different and the modify method included additional append call between the variables. Early birds still managed to eat the worms???

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