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Microsoft® Visual C#® 2008 Step by Step by John Sharp

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Chapter 8. Understanding Values and References

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between a value type and a reference type.

  • Modify the way in which arguments are passed as method parameters by using the ref and out keywords.

  • Box a value by initializing or assigning a variable of type object.

  • Unbox a value by casting the object reference that refers to the boxed value.

In Chapter 7, Chapter 7, you learned how to declare your own classes and how to create objects by using the new keyword. You also saw how to initialize an object by using a constructor. In this chapter, you will learn about how the characteristics of the primitive types, such as int, double, and char, differ from the characteristics of class types. ...

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