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Date: 2000-11-13 (08:16)
From: STARYNKEVITCH Basile <Basile.Starynkevitch@c...>
Subject: Re: practical functional programming
>>>>> "John" == John Max Skaller <skaller@ozemail.com.au> writes:

    John> Stephan Houben wrote:
    >> Reference counting is a (bad) substitute for real garbage
    >> collection, such as O'Caml has. No need for refcounting, since
    >> we have GC.

    John> 	I can't quite agree with that: reference counting is a
    John> _different_ technique with different properties. In the
    John> right circumstances it is faster than garbage collection

Actually I will be picky and disagree with both John and
Stephan. Reference counting is a (generally poor) garbage collection
technique. See Lins and Jones' book on "Garbage Collection".

The appropriate mailing list is the garbage collection list
"http://www.iecc.com/gclist/" also archived at


N.B. Any opinions expressed here are only mine, and not of my organization.
N.B. Les opinions exprimees ici me sont personnelles et n engagent pas le CEA.

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