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Date: 2000-11-11 (16:13)
From: John Max Skaller <skaller@o...>
Subject: Re: practical functional programming
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.

	I can't quite agree with that: reference counting is
a _different_ technique with different properties. In the right
circumstances it is faster than garbage collection, and permits
synchronous, well ordered finalisation. But it is only appropriate
where the 'skeleton' of the data structure is heirarchical, whereas
garbage collection works in general.

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