[fpc-devel] Suggestion: reference counted objects

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 20 13:42:53 CEST 2014

On 20.09.2014 13:11, Peter Popov wrote:
> Please do not reference count TObject. This is a uniquely bad and
> unnecessary idea. I will switch to ANSI C if you guys do it

Please enlighten me why you think it is bad. Give reasons and don't be 
like "a farmer doesn't eat what he doesn't know" (rough translation of a 
German proverb).

And just to give you a reason *for* reference counted objects: they 
would finally allow to use operator overloads on classes, because then 
temporarily created objects are created correctly (think about an 
expression like "a * (b + c)" with classes).

Please also note that I said that I don't consider them to be the holy 
grail especially considering that I know of some of the technial 
problems one needs to face when implementing them in an already existing 


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