Python 2.0

Amit Patel amitp at Xenon.Stanford.EDU
Tue Jun 1 21:52:59 CEST 1999

 Yukihiro Matsumoto  <matz at> wrote:
| Hi.
| "Vadim Chugunov" <chega_ at> writes:
| |> Remember the original statement is like this:
| |>
| |> >As many people have noted before, you would not be able to use
| |> >destructors to free up resources like memory or file descriptors.
| |>
| |>which, as I understand, means destructors can not be used with real
| |>GC.  That's just not true.
| |
| |I'm sorry for being unclear, but the key words here were: "to free up
| |resources".
| |And I meant "to free up resources the moment I expect them to", not "some time
| |later".
| Well, OK.  I understand now.  Now only thing I can say is, why do you
| emphasize so much on reclaiming object at the time you exepcted?
| Because of your C++ background?

In my case it's because in Python and C++ I tend to deal with
resources a LOT.  Sockets especially, but also files.  When I write
Scheme and ML code, I rarely ever deal with resources other than
memory, so it doesn't bother me.

It's not the language but how I tend to use it that colors my opinion
on destructors.

	- Amit

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