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Nakul P. Patel

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I am new to java,preparing for exam.
I am confused in Argument Passing.My question is....
What is "Pass by Reference" and "Pass by Value"?

please give me suitable example....
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Javin Paul
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In Short pass by value means you directly pass the value of argument while in case of pass by reference you pass the address where value is stored (usually passing pointers in C/C++)

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fred rosenberger
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it is sort of like the difference between mailing someone a word document and mailing them a url to a file.

pass by value makes a copy of the data and sends it over. if you make changes to what you get, it has no affect on the original.

pass by reference tells you where the file lives, so if you then go there and edit it, it is changed for everyone.

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Javin Paul
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+1 for good analogy
Nakul P. Patel

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I got it,thanks to all
John Stark
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I think it is important that in Java there is only pass by value. If you pass a reference variable pointing to some object then it is still a copy of that variable which is passes to the method. If you make changes to that object by using the variable then the changes are also done outside the method:

But if you change the variable itself inside the method then this change is local to the method as you work with a copy:

In pass by reference you pass the address where the value of the variable is stored (which cannot be done in Java). If you pass a reference variable in Java then you pass a variable containing the address of some object. The variable is pass by value and you cannot change the stored address.

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