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Int By Reference passing..


Joined: Nov 20, 2004
Posts: 7
i have the following code:

how do i pass the int by ref..that the int value save the changes that the method caused??
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

You can't. Java doesn't have pass-by-reference. It's not possible to write this sort of swap() method in Java, period.

Now, most of the time you want swap() in Java, you want to swap two elements in an array, and that's doable: you pass the array and the two indices as arguments to swap().

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Randall Julian

Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 14
I am learning this stuff starting from C where the way you thought swap should work is reasonable. In Java, I think you have to take a different approach. This may be overly simplistic, but maybe someone will benefit from it (This is the "beginner" section after all):

The output is:

x = 1 y = 2
x = 2 y = 1
x = 5 y = 8
x = 8 y = 5

I thought there should be a way to use the Integer class to do exactly what you suggested. Java is all 'pass by value', but what gets passed for an object is it's reference since objects are all reference variables. This didn't work as I expected - more to learn I guess...
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