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OSNews: A Glance At Garbage Collection In Object-Oriented Languages

Apr 29, 2004, 07:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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"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.

"In fact, in many situations automated memory allocation can be significantly faster and more efficient than traditional approaches. Combined with increased programmer productivity, it would be negligent not to consider automated memory management a core component in nearly all future programming paradigms..."

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