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Garbage Collection: Algorithms for Automatic Dynamic Memory Management (Computer Science) Hardcover – 12 Jul 1996

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  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (12 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471941484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471941484
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The memory storage requirements of complex programs are extremely difficult to manage correctly by hand. A single error may lead to indeterminate and inexplicable program crashes. Worse still, failures are often unrepeatable and may surface only long after the program has been delivered to the customer. The eradication of memory errors typically consumes a substantial amount of development time. And yet the answer is relatively easy – garbage collection; removing the clutter of memory management from module interfaces, which then frees the programmer to concentrate on the problem at hand rather than low–level book–keeping details. For this reason, most modern object–oriented languages such as Smalltalk, Eiffel, Java and Dylan, are supported by garbage collection. Garbage collecting, libraries are even available for such uncooperative languages as C and C++. This book considers how dynamic memory can be recycled automatically to guarantee error–free memory management. There is an abundant but disparate literature on the subject, largely confined to research papers. This book sets out to pool this experience in a single accessible and unified framework. Visit this book′s companion Website for updates, revisions, online gc resources, bibliography and links to more gc sites ′Whatever else Java has accomplished, it has finally brought garbage collection into the mainstream. The efficiency and correctness of garbage collection algorithms is henceforth going to be of concern to hundreds of thousands of programmers; those who really care about this could do no better than to start with Garbage Collection: Algorithms for Automatic Dynamic Memory Management... the sort of comprehensive engineering manual that is so rare in computing.′ Dr Dobb′s Journal


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A surprisingly readable text, given the esoteric nature of the subject.

Comprehensive, clear, and interesting.

Not a "must read" for 99.9% of programmers; you won't learn how to better use a garbage-collecting language like Java or C# from reading this book; rather it's a detailed and technical overview of garbage collection techniques.

The organization is a little odd - rather than dealing with GC methods one-at-a-time, the book takes a more "layered" view, first covering a brief overview of all techniques, then covering each in more detail. Combined with some terminological inconsistencies, this makes it awkward to follow at times, requiring some flipping back and forth and manual cross-references. Nonetheless an excellent guide if you're interested enough in the subject to put the effort into following it.
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I find it hard to write good reviews. This is simply a brilliant book. It does what it says on the cover. It is the definitive book on garbage collection. What I thought I knew was put into a little dot. Well written, comprehensive, complete (so far as I know).

If you are curious about how these things work underneath; this is the book to read.
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