Passing Reference Type by Reference

Suppose this is our class Person, having an string property name FullName.

        class Person
            public string FullName { get; set; }


        private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        private void UnderstandingPassbyValandRef()
            Person myPOriginal = new Person();
            myPOriginal.FullName = "Nishant Rana";

            // Output : “Nishant Rana PassByVal”
            PassByRef(ref myPOriginal);
            // Output : “Srihari Radhakrishnan”


  • Here copy of the reference, which points to myPOriginal is passed to the method.So it is possible for the method to change the contents of Person.
  • However by using the new operator inside the method makes the variable pVal reference a new Person object. Thus any changes after that will not affect the orignal person myPOriginal object.
  •   private void PassByValue(Person pVal)
                pVal.FullName = "Nishant Rana PassByVal";
                pVal = new Person();
                pVal.FullName = "Arvind Singh";
  • Here actual reference is passed to the method.
  • All of the changes that take place inside the method affect the original person object.    
  •   private void PassByRef(ref Person pRef)
                pRef.FullName = "Nishant Rana PassByRef";
                pRef = new Person();
                pRef.FullName = "Srihari Radhakrishnan";



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