[fpc-devel] weak referencing (was Suggestion:.....)

Nikolay Nikolov nickysn at users.sourceforge.net
Sun Sep 28 22:19:47 CEST 2014

On 09/23/2014 11:31 AM, Giuliano Colla wrote:
> Il 23/09/2014 02:24, John Briggs ha scritto:
>>> Sven
>>> At the risk of starting a flame war I have been pondering this question
>>> since these threads have started:
>>> Why has there been so many messages on this list debating the pros 
>>> and cons
>>> of reference counting objects?
> Because many of us are scared to death from the idea of adding as a 
> default a "feature" which could break millions of lines of existing 
> code, degrade performance, and create incredible debugging headaches, 
> without bringing any benefit to the overwhelming majority of users.
IMO, it's very unlikely that this feature will be accepted in FPC in a 
form that breaks existing code. FPC has always been very strict about 
keeping backward compatibility. New features are almost always added in 
a way that don't break existing code.


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