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How Arguments are passed by Value or by References in Java?

Passing Java Arguments

What is meant by pass by reference and pass by value?

A: Pass By Reference means the passing the address itself rather than passing the value. Pass by Value means passing a copy of the value to be passed.

How are Primitive data types passed by reference or by value to a method?

A: Primitive data types are passed by value. As such if the value of the parameter changes in the method, the outside variable value will not change.

Can you pass argument by reference in Java? If so, How?

A: No you cannot pass an argument by reference in Java. In Java the arguments are always passed by value .

How are Objects passed in Java? by value or by reference?

A: Java only supports passing argument by value. So with objects, the object reference(pointer) itself is passed by value and so both the original reference and parameter copy both refer to the same object. This way it still looks like they are passed by reference but under the hood its still by value.

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