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difference between pointer and reference

 
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What is the difference between pointers in C and reference in Java
 
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Hi Chikki
The references used in Java are a higher level view of the lower level pointers in C.Internally all references are pointers(I'd guess so).
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Hi chikkireddi, You should probably post this question in one of the "Java in general" forums. After, of course, registering with a proper name
[This message has been edited by Jim Bertorelli (edited December 05, 2001).]
 
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Moved to Java in General (Beginner's)
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I have been in debate after debate over this very question. Please know that there are NO pointers in JAVA. Everything in JAVA is a reference. But also keep in mind that the term reference in JAVA means something different than it does in the C language.

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I think of references like this:
They contain a pointer to an object that is in the reference type's inheritance tree.
They contain a list of methods signatures that they can call from the object that it's pointing to.
 
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Pointers in C++ can be manipulated.
This is not true in Java - you can not do operations on references.
 
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