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String as a Reference Type and Immutable

15 May

In .Net, string object is reference type, however when we pass the value like this

void Main()
{
    string s = "Test";

    TestString(s);
    Console.WriteLine("TestString: " + s); // Output is: TestString: Test
}

public static void TestString(string s)
{
    s = "TestString";
}

Why is the output “TestString: Test”, we know for sure string is a reference type and we assign new value to our parameter in TestString() method.

Turn out, beside being a reference type, string is also an immutable, which mean its value can’t be modified or changed. So when we assign new value to our parameter in TestString() method, it actually create new string object. It acts like value type but it isn’t a value type, it’s a reference type with immutable behavior.

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