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O'Reilly: C++ Memory Management: From Fear to Triumph

May 14, 2003, 08:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Belotsky)

"Everyone knows that memory management is a difficult and dangerous chore in C++. This series of three articles will show you that the conventional wisdom is not true. When approached correctly, C++'s seemingly archaic memory-management scheme actually provides an opportunity to create spectacular programs--programs that would not be possible with more modern languages that handle memory automatically.

"This article, part one in a series, discusses C++ in the context of several other popular languages. It also describes the kinds of memory errors that can occur in C++ programs. The most common specific errors are then presented in a set of tables, for easy reference when developing your own code.

"Subsequent articles in the series will demonstrate a different way of thinking about memory management--not as a dreaded danger to be faced with stoic resolve, but as a powerful and subtle tool for improving your work. In many situations, the C++ approach to memory resources is not cause to avoid the language, but actually the reason why it should be used...!"

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