[fpc-devel] Suggestion: reference counted objects

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Sun Sep 21 12:58:21 CEST 2014

In our previous episode, Hans-Peter Diettrich said:
> IMO Weak references should be reserved for users who accept possible 
> consequential problems, but should never be used in standard libraries. 
> At least I'd suggest to make weak references subject to an compiler 
> switch, so that every user has a chance to disable them in case of trouble.

IMHO weak references trade one manual memory system in for a different
manual memory system. 

The hard part of manual memory systems, figuring out how a complex dynamic
structure deallocates (that is usually tackled by having a bit of design and
thought go into it), remains.

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