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C and java passing paramter to a method

Beny Na
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Joined: May 26, 2004
Posts: 159

i just need to confirm is my thinking is correct or not.
java and c use the same concept that when passing a variable into a method is pass by copy(pass a copy of a pointer),because i CAN:T change the pointer to variable int a in this below code.

void test(int *b){
printf("value of b now is %d\n",*b);
printf("address of b(a) is : %d\n ",b);

/* try to change the pointer of variable a */
b = 0;
printf("address of b(a) now is : %d\n ",b);


int main(){
int a = 19;
printf("address of a is %d \n",&a);
// pass the address of a

// still pointing to the original address
printf("address of a after trying to change in test() method is %d\n",&a);


Dan Chisholm
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 1865
Java always uses "pass by value". C can use either "pass by value" or "pass by reference". For more information, please see this tutorial.

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Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
Posts: 3271
You can also check out this link.

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