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Java Java Objects Meet Objects Constructors

Parameter vs. Argument

Is there a difference between the terms Parameter and Argument?

1 Answer

Alexandra Barnett
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Alexandra Barnett
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Hi Matthew! The main difference is at what stage of the "process" they refer to (I use process very loosely here). So, a parameter is the variable that is used at the point of defining a method e.g. public void someMethod(aString, another String) { some code }. An argument is the "information" or variable passed into a method when it is called e.g. String aString = someMethod(passedInSomething);

I hope that helps - might not be the best explanation :) Let me know if you have any questions :)