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java function for pass values back

Posted on 2006-11-06
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Hello,

guess i stocked by a simple question.

Suppose in a java class:
public class testName{

LinkedList list1, list2, list3

 list1 = value1;
 list2 =value2;
 list3 = value3;

private void searchList (list1, list2, list3 ){
LinkedList list1temp = list1,
                 list2temp = list2,
                 list3temp = list3;

// do some process for the three lists, then their there values will be changed

}

my question is: how can i pass the changed values back for list1, list2, list3, if i use return statement , only one value can be returned at one time.

Thanks very much for your reply,

lilyyan
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owenli27 earned 80 total points
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They are passed by reference and you don't have to return them back to where you call fucntion. They are updated after void function end.
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by:lilyyan
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hi, that's what i'm thinking.

when you say "passed by reference " , this can only be applyed to certain data types, not for primary data type, for example: int, right?
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correct
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Java manipulate objects by reference, and all object variables are references.
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clear : )
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