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Pragnesh Makwana
Pragnesh Makwana

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Explain the differences between value type and reference type.

The main differences between value type and reference type are given below:

  • A Value Type holds the actual data directly within the memory location and a reference type contains a pointer which consists of the address of another memory location that holds the actual data.

  • Value type stores its contents on the stack memory and reference type stores its contents on the heap memory.

  • Assigning a value type variable to another variable will copy the value directly and assigning a reference variable to another doesn’t copy the value, instead, it creates a second copy of the reference.

  • Predefined data types, structures, enums are examples of value types. Classes, Objects, Arrays, Indexers, Interfaces, etc are examples of reference types.

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