[gclist] Reference counting on the fingers of one thumb.
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 08:50:25 -0500
>>>>> "John" == John Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
John> Greetings Collectors, I have been contemplating designing a new
John> programming language.
John> One of the ideas I have been having results in a unusual form of
John> garbage collection.
John> I thought I would bounce this idea of the esteemed members of the
John> list and see if I can learn anything from the hisses and boos.
John> My idea is that the programming language should enforce a "one
John> object, one place" world view. (I'm in my office now, I can't be
John> in the office and in the bathroom at the same time.) The reason
John> for trying to do this, is the "one-object one place" paradigm is
John> something our minds are trained on since toddlerhood. (The block
John> is on the floor, it is no longer in my hand, WAAAH!) Thus I argue,
John> if the computer world mimicked our spatial world more closely we
John> would tend to create fewer bugs.
What you have sounds an awful like linear types/linear logics. Linear types
have been studie quite a bit and there's been a good deal of theoretical
work in this area. I'm a bit at lost for a URL or reference now. I'm
sure an alta-vista search will turn something up though..'