[gclist] Re: gclist-digest V1 #136

Marc Shapiro shapiro@prof.inria.fr
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 14:25:55 +0100

 || From: John Carter <john@dwaf-hri.pwv.gov.za>
 || Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 09:33:33 +0200 (SAT)
 || Subject: [gclist] Reference counting on the fingers of one thumb.
 || I propose that assignment ALWAYS means deep copy. In other words, if
 || we say a:= b, a becomes a complete copy of b

Great idea! This way, the next time the phone company wants to debit my bank
account to pay for my phone bill, they actually debit a copy and I keep my
money!  I love it.

(On the flip side, the next time my employer wants to credit my account, he
credits a copy.  Win some, lose some. :-)