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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@steve
by Rayiner Hashem on Tue 27th Apr 2004 20:25 UTC

If Java GUI apps seem slow because of this, than its a fault of the Java GC, not a problem inherent in garbage collectors. Functional Objects' Dylan IDE, which uses the MPS, feels just like a native Windows app on my machine.
See:

www.ravenbrook.com/project/mps/