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Re: Intermediate Summary: Re: website redesign proposal

From: Niels Grewe
Subject: Re: Intermediate Summary: Re: website redesign proposal
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:11:02 +0000

> Am 12.01.2014 um 00:06 schrieb "Riccardo Mottola" <address@hidden>:
> ARC instead is more a "taste". It is a new addition in the GC discussion. I 
> personally prefer ref-counting.

This seems to be a common misconception: ARC *is* reference counting; it has 
very little to do with garbage collection. I also think the new ownership model 
fits the overall language design pretty well: Just as you distinguish between 
method calls (object world) and function calls (C world) in traditional 
Objective-C, ARC-support enables you to explicitly distinguish between object 
references and references to untyped blobs of memory, which (coincidentally) 
allows the compiler to do most of the reference counting for you.



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