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developerWorks: Postmortem Memory Profiling with PERL

Dec 23, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Honeyford)

"An application's memory use can significantly affect its performance and stability. Memory leaks, for example, can produce application instability with prolonged use. Similarly, memory-greedy applications might perform badly, or not run at all! Such problems are particularly prominent in the wireless world, with its memory-constrained devices such as PDAs or mobile phones. Ironically, those devices with the most stringent memory requirements tend to offer the least support for analyzing application memory use.

"This article shows how, with a little work, you can add powerful memory profiling to applications, allowing detailed memory-use analysis. Armed with such information, you can reduce the overall memory footprint and eliminate memory leaks. An example implementation is provided within this article..."

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