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public class TestBuffer {
public void myBuf( StringBuffer s, StringBuffer s1) {
s.append(" how are you") ;
s = s1;
}
public static void main ( String args[] ) {
TestBuffer tb = new TestBuffer();
StringBuffer s = new StringBuffer("Hello");
StringBuffer s1 = new StringBuffer("doing");
tb.myBuf(s, s1);
System.out.print(s);
}
}
The answer is "Hello how are you". My question is that since the references of s and s1 have been passed to the method myBuff, why wouldn't s refer to where s1 is refering after the statement s=s1?
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No, we cannot change the value contained in a StringBuffer by assigned with another variable using "=". Your StringBufer s will be referring to the variable s1. U will see in the following modified code... I reversed the value object s1, which is referred by s. The result is "gniod". I mean that s is referring to s1, not s'value is changed... Hope it is clear...


public class TestBuffer {
public void myBuf( StringBuffer s, StringBuffer s1) {
s.append(" how are you") ;
s = s1;
s.reverse();
}
public static void main ( String args[] ) {
TestBuffer tb = new TestBuffer();
StringBuffer s = new StringBuffer("Hello");
StringBuffer s1 = new StringBuffer("doing");
tb.myBuf(s, s1);
System.out.print(s1);
}
}

 
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