This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
If you pass by reference you aren't writing Java. Java works entirely on a pass-by-value basis. We have an FAQ about that. You can also do a search on this forum and you find all sorts of useful things about it, including my post in this thread, which has some useful links to other threads or resoures.