Re[2]: [gclist] Reference counting on the fingers of one thu

Colvin, Greg
Mon, 13 Jan 97 11:32:01

The C++ draft has an auto_ptr template with semantics rather like your 
one-thumb approach.  As the proposer of that class I don't mind saying that 
it was not really a success -- mainly due to obscure interactions between 
assignment, temporaries, and constness -- but the idea might be workable in 
another language.  I don't see it as a replacement for garbage collection, 
but just as an idiom that makes gc unnecessary for those programs that can 
be expressed in that idiom.

Greg Colvin