12 passing by reference example vectors may be specied

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Unformatted text preview: b. •  In order to affect the actual value of arguments a and b when using the swap func1on, we must pass pointers to the values. swap(&a, &b); •  This is called passing by reference because we are passing the address of the actual variable. 10 Pointers and Func1on Arguments (cont’d) void swap(int *px, int *py) { int temp; temp = *px; *px = *py; *py = temp; in caller (main): a: b: } in swap: px: py: 11 Why Pass by Reference? •  Some reasons why variables are passed by reference: –  Rather than returning a single value and assigning it to a variable, we can instead manipulate the variable contents directly by using its address. –  It is oeen more intui1ve...
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2012 for the course ENG 2sh4 taught by Professor Doyle during the Fall '12 term at McMaster University.

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