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 jlah on Tue 27th Apr 2004 19:08 UTC

Reference counting is also used for GC in some scripting languages e.g. Perl and Python (I am not sure if python GC mechanism was changed since last time I checked, but Perl definitely counts references - I managed to create a few memory leaks by using circular references in my early days ;) .