The scanf function is using pointers to put the value it reads back into the variable you have passed. The "bubble sort" program below illustrates this.
Reference parameters are one of the most common uses of pointers in C. To get an idea of what this code does, print it out, draw the two integers a and b, and enter 23 and 47 in them.
For now, a preprocessor function like swap below does a textual substitution, before the actual compiler is invoked. The values of a and b are passed to swap, and the function does swap them, but when the function returns, nothing has changed in the main function. This is sometimes called passing a parameter by reference.
Both C and Java use only parameters that pass by value, which means that the value of the actual parameter is used to initialize the formal parameter. Notice that the code for the actual swap is simple: Another very good way to swap in C perhaps the best way uses the C preprocessor, which we will study later.
To understand how explicit pass by reference of parameters works in C, consider implementing a swap function in C, that is, a function that passes in two variables and swaps their values. When the function completes, a and b have been swapped. In this case one can pass the array and the two indexes to swap as three parameters, and this will work in Java.
The second listing below is what is sent to the compiler. Java does not allow this. Now run the code in swap. When swap is called, it is passed the addresses of a and b. The program here is only presented as what could be done, not as an example of how to do swaps. The code on the left below shows one failed attempt at an implementation.
In Java we can get the swap function to work if we use wrapped integers and pass references to them to the function. Another way to say this is to say that the calling function is telling the called function where to find the variable.
This is why there is no semicolon at the end of swap int, a, bsince in the compiled code it would become a redundant semicolon at the end of a block although not an error.
Now draw the two pointers i and j, along with the integer t. In C and in Java, we can always swap values with the use of three assignment statement and no function or paramters. This causes a segmentation fault. Permission is granted to access, download, share, and distribute, as long as this notice remains.
For simple variables C allows one to pass the address of the variable explicitly.
Thus, i points to a draw an arrow from i to a and j points to b draw another arrow from b to j. Thus we need our own wrapper class, which I have called MyInteger below.The call by reference method of passing arguments to a function copies the reference of an argument into the formal parameter.
Inside the function, the reference is used to access the actual argument used in the call. This means that changes made to the parameter affect the passed argument.
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To answer your question directly, no there is no swap function in standard C, although it would be trivial to write. share | improve this answer answered Jan 14 '12 at C++ Program to Swap Two Numbers This example contains two different techniques to swap numbers in C programming.
The first program uses temporary variable to swap numbers, whereas the second program doesn't use temporary variables.
Swapping in C++: Of course the C swapping methods will work in C++ also, but C++ has the very important concept of references, which we probably won't study in this course. However, below is a C++ swap program using this feature. Notice that the code for the actual swap is simple: swap(a, b).
Your swap() function does work, after a fashion - it swaps the values of the variables a and b that are local to swap(). Unfortunately, those are distinct from the a and b in main() - so you don't actually see any effect from swapping them.Download