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C# Question

Is int[] a reference type or a value type?

I know an int is a value type, but what are arrays of value types? Reference types? Value types? I want to pass an array to a function to check something. Should I just pass the array, as it will just pass the reference of it, or should I pass it as ref?

Answer Source

Arrays are mechanisms that allow you to treat several items as a single collection. The Microsoft® .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) supports single-dimensional arrays, multidimensional arrays, and jagged arrays (arrays of arrays). All array types are implicitly derived from System.Array, which itself is derived from System.Object. This means that all arrays are always reference types which are allocated on the managed heap, and your app's variable contains a reference to the array and not the array itself.

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