Re: Garbage collection in C++

Juha Nieminen <nospam@thanks.invalid>
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:29:51 GMT
James Kanze wrote:

Sometimes I get the impression that garbage collection
actually causes people to write *less* modular and more
imperative programs. GC doesn't really encourage encapsulation
and modularity.

Garbage collection doesn't "encourage" anything.

  I tend to disagree. Garbage collection encourages writing
"irresponsible" code. By this I mean that since there's no need for
objects to have (memory handling) responsibilities, it easily leads to
the programmer not creating such objects at all, which in turn leads to
a more imperative style of programming, rather than a more modular style.

  Some people may (and do) argue that this is a good thing, but I
wouldn't be so sure. Granted, you won't leak memory (well, not
permanently at least), but your code may suffer from spaghettification
just because you were too lazy to actually write some modules rather
than writing "raw" code.

  And no, this doesn't mean *all* programmers using a GC'd language
suffer from this.

 It's just a tool. To be used when appropriate.

  Well, if it would be a *choice*, then it wouldn't be so bad. There are
languages, however, where you are force-fed and you have no choice.

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