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Dim Joe as Guy
'Joe is nothing at this point

Dim Fred as New Guy
'Fred is something, a newly initialized Guy (blank name, 0 age, not awesome)

Joe = Fred
'Now Joe points to the same thing as Fred

Joe = GetGuy()
'Now Joe points to a new instance of Guy (a initialized 42 year old awesome guy named Fred)
'Fred still points to his original initialized Guy (blank name, 0 age, not awesome)

Function GetGuy() as Guy
    Dim tempGuy as New Guy
    tempGuy.Name = "Fred"
    tempGuy.Age = 42
    tempGuy.IsAwesome = True
    return tempGuy
End Function

Private Class Guy
  'Property syntax shortened for brevity
  Public Property Name() as String
  Public Property Age() as Integer
  Public Property IsAwesome() as Boolean
End Class