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Concept: Reference-equatable instance

A reference-equatable instance is any object whose exact type is a reference-equatable type.

In other words, it is an object that uses reference equality, not value equality.

It is possible to have a variable of a reference-equatable type that refers to a non-reference-equatable instance. If a Base class uses reference equality, but a Derived class uses value equality, then the variable Base x = new Derived() would be a reference-equatable type but a non-reference-equatable instance.

Last edited Jul 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM by shammah, version 3


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