Linked by Zachary Pinter on Tue 27th Apr 2004 17:09 UTC
General Development Garbage collection (GC) is a technology that frees programmers from the hassle of explicitly managing memory allocation for every object they create. Traditionally, the benefit of this automation has come at the cost of significant overhead. However, more efficient algorithms and techniques, coupled with the increased computational power of computers have made the overhead negligible for all but the most extreme situations.
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re: Reference Counting
by Nicolas Roard on Tue 27th Apr 2004 18:33 UTC

I think it's also used for VisualBasic.

And, it is used for OpenStep programming (ie, Cocoa and GNUstep). Strangely, GNUstep also permit boehm gc, but many people just prefers the classic reference counting scheme.