Reference or Value?
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Sun Feb 22 11:09:26 EST 2009
Torsten Mohr wrote:
> how is the rule in Python, if i pass objects to a function, when is this
> done by reference and when is it by value?
> def f1(a):
> a = 7
> b = 3
> print b
> => 3
> Integers are obviously passed by value, lists and dicts by reference.
> Is there a general rule? Some common formulation?
They are all passed the same way:
a = 
b = 
It's just that lists and dicts are containers whose contents you can
change (they are mutable), but integers aren't containers (they are
Tuples are also containers, but you can't change their contents (they
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