In previous article we have seen difference between primary key and unique key. Today we will see the difference between value type and reference type.
Let first see what are the value types and what are the reference types.
What are Value Types?
Variables which stores direct data are called value types they are stored on a stack. They contains the actual value rather then reference.
For an example enum, structure int are value types.
What are Reference Types?
Variables which stores reference of actual data are called Reference types. They are stored on heap but contain the address on heap.
For an example Array, class, object, string, delegate, interface are reference type.
Now lets see the difference between both of them.
Before that let me show you the difference between Stack and Heap
Difference between Stack and Heap
|Stack is used for value types.
||Heap is used for reference types
|Values are stored one on another like a stack
||Values are stored in random order.like dumped into a big space
Difference between value type and reference types
|Value Type are stored on stack
||Reference Type are stored on heap
|It contains actual value
||It contains reference of a value
|For value type memory is allocated at compile time
||For reference type memory is allocated at run time
|Once they go out of scope it will automatically removed from stack, so no need for garbage collector.
||In reference type it required garbage collector to free the memory.
|If value type is null able then only it contains null value, otherwise not
||Reference Type can contain null values.