When will Java go mainstream like Python?
ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Thu Feb 25 02:31:46 CET 2010
Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> writes:
> [Reference counting] avoids the need for garbage collection. It means
> I can write things like
> contents = open(filename, "r").read()
> and know the file object will be immediately closed after its contents
> are returned.
Not quite; it means you know that the object *becomes a candidate* for
cleanup immediately after its contents are returned.
When, or whether, that cleanup actually happens is not something that is
necessarily promised by a reference-counting implementation.
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