Re: SmartPointer & Inheritance & Explicit Constructors

 James Kanze <>
Sat, 09 Jun 2007 21:45:16 -0000
On Jun 9, 9:40 am, wrote:

How well does BOEHM work in an embedded environment? I have
to port substantial amount of J2ME applications to another
C/C++ embedded environment. Based on my study, I figure that
RefCount smart pointers and proper use of assignment operator
and copy constructor will essentially give me the a pseudo
Java "reference" / garbage collection programming model.

It depends really on the embedded environment. I'm tempted to
say that it works about as well as ref. counted smart
pointers:-). But that's probably because all of my experience
in embedded environments has been hard real time applications,
where no dynamic memory allocation was allowed.

Generally, the Boehm collector will require more memory than
manually allocating and deleting. (In most cases, to judge from
my experience, it will also be a little bit faster.)

I scanned BOEHM briefly and it is very interesting that you
don't need to modify your code to employ it, but how does it
work in an embedded environment esp. single-threaded embedded

I suspect that there are two elements that you have to consider:
it typically does require more memory than manual allocation,
and if memory is tight, it might not be the ideal solution. And
at least in the configurations I've used, it doesn't give any
hard real time guarantees (but then, neither does malloc/free,
and I've had serious problems with the latency of malloc in the

One final consideration: the Boehm collector has been ported to
Windows and to most mainstream Unix environments. If you're
target machine isn't one of those (and watch out for modified
versions of Linux), then you may have to port it yourself. I've
never done that, but I can imagine that it's not necessarily

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