[fpc-devel] Modernising Pascal

Jonas Maebe jonas at zeus.ugent.be
Fri Feb 25 15:57:46 CET 2005

On 25 feb 2005, at 15:49, Marco van de Voort wrote:

> - Critical parts are often handoptimized by using a lot of non GCed 
> types
> 	(like int), this is not a typical programming method for these
> 	languages, but outright expert tuning.

Critical paths are also optimized in our compiler to not use 
ansistrings, because reference counting is also slow. The argument is 
not about whether or not we should make Pascal entirely GC'd, but about 
whether reference counting is better/worse than other garbage 
collection techniques if you have a significant amount of GC'd objects.


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