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Subject:   C++ has garbage collection?
Date:   2005-11-08 11:51:13
From:   orichy
Response to: C++ has garbage collection?

I agree that the author should have stated this more clearly. On the other hand: Does PHP actually have GC?
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  • C++ has garbage collection?
    2005-11-08 13:25:49  Lunchy [View]

    This is kinda funny. I honestly don't know anything about GC in PHP, but since it was used in conjunction with Perl and Java, I assumed it did, much like I would have done if I didn't know anything about C++! ;)

    Cheers!
    • C++ has garbage collection?
      2005-11-09 06:07:51  orichy [View]

      Hehe, well, it seems that PHP does indeed have GC, using reference counting. But i wouldn't call it true GC because it's not much different from using shared_ptr in C++, and it has the same problem with cyclic references:

      http://www.hudzilla.org/php/18_1_11.php
      http://phplens.com/phpeverywhere/?q=node/view/131

      BTW: Even though i wouldn't use it, i would like C++ to get GC because that would mean more C++ programmers. :-)

      Regards!
      • C++ has garbage collection?
        2006-01-14 18:02:49  evanh [View]

        I'm of the opinion that C++'s memory and speed problems stem mainly from it's terrible standard libraries. Same goes for Java. I can't speak for the other languages having never used a desktop app written with one of them to compare with C.


        Evan