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pentacular profile image
pentacular

I've done so several times.

Here is the simplest requirement, again.

When passing by reference, modifying the parameter modifies the argument.

void foo(int &a) {
  a = 2;
}

int main() {
  int i = 1;
  foo(i);
  cout << i << endl;
  // Outputs 2.
}
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jessekphillips profile image
Jesse Phillips

Under that definition, no passing by oranges does not have the same semantics as pass by reference.

This however changes the subject to the parameters of the functions. I have been talking about the object for which the parameter refers. Could we stick with talking about the concept I'm actually trying to get across rather than introducing a introducing a different one.

Since pass by oranges is not a term used in the Java spec, could you describe the pass by oranges semantics using spec terms?