Const function parameter in C# [duplicate]

Update 16/09/2020

There now appears to be the in parameter modifier that exhibits this behaviour (in essence, a ref readonly). A brief search on when you would ever use this yields the following answer:

Why would one ever use the “in” parameter modifier in C#?

Original Answer

There is no equivalent for C# and it has been asked many, many, many, many times before.

If you don’t want anyone to alter the “reference”, or perhaps you mean the content of the object, make sure the class doesn’t expose any public setters or methods of mutating the class. If you cannot change the class, have it implement an interface that only publicly exposes the members in a read-only fashion and pass the interface reference instead.

If you mean you want to stop the method from changing the reference, then by default if you pass it “by reference”, you are actually passing the reference by value. Any attempt from the method to change what the reference points to will only affect the local method copy, not the caller’s copy. This can be changed by using the ref keyword on a reference type, at which point the method can point the reference at a new underlying object and it will affect the caller.

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