which language allows you to change an argument's value?

Summercool Summercoolness at gmail.com
Sun Sep 30 18:49:49 CEST 2007

On Sep 30, 4:18 am, 7stud -- <dol... at excite.com> wrote:
> SpringFlowers AutumnMoon wrote:
> > we have no way
> > of knowing what we pass in could get changed.
> Sure you do.  You look at the function's signature.  In order to use
> someone else's library, you have to know the function's signature.  And
> the signature explicitly tells you whether the value you pass in could
> be changed.

do you mean in C++?  I tried to find signature in two C++ books and it
is not there.  Google has a few results but it looks something like
prototype.  Is signature the same as the function prototype in the .h
file?  If so, don't we usually just include <___.h> and forget about
the rest.  Documentation is fine although in some situation, the
descriptions is 2 lines, and notes and warnings are 4, 5 times that,
and the users' discussing it, holding different opinion is again 2, 3
times of that length.  I think in Pascal and C, we can never have an
argument modified unless we explicitly allow it, by passing in the
pointer (address) of the argument.

also i think for string, it is a bit different because by default,
string is a pointer to char or the address of the first char in C and C
++.  So it is like passing in the address already.  it is when the
argument n is something like 1 that makes me wonder.

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