[erlang-questions] call by value

Martin Dimitrov <>
Thu May 19 17:50:17 CEST 2011

On 5/19/2011 6:43 PM, Daniel Dormont wrote:
> In my experience with other languages, the difference between call-by-value and call-by-reference is not generally understood to depend on whether the data in memory is physically copied or not. That's really an implementation detail. 
On first read I can't think of an example where the implementation is
not actually copying the value.
> Rather, the difference is whether the argument "itself" is passed as opposed to its value.
Would then in Erlang be more appropriate to say that the argument
"itself" is being passed, thus saying call-by-reference?

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