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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Nice article
by Martin Häcker on Tue 27th Apr 2004 20:05 UTC

though I would have liked the conclusion to contain that in almost all general purpose programs having a garbage collector doesn't hinder speed at all.

Simply because with manual memory management you do copy the objects much more often to avoid memory bugs - which is of course not anymore necessary with a garbage collector.

cu Martin