[fpc-pascal] Managed record questions

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Thu Mar 8 09:12:24 CET 2018

On Thu, 8 Mar 2018, Ryan Joseph wrote:

>> On Mar 8, 2018, at 1:48 PM, Sven Barth via fpc-pascal <fpc-pascal at lists.freepascal.org> wrote:
>> You could use an include file containing both the declaration and implementation controlled by compiler defines together with a macro for the type name. 
> That’s a nice trick. If those records get adopted something “managed record” would be really cool. They’re pretty new and I’m not sure if they’re being used yet.
>> No, this doesn't beg the question, because Object Pascal classes are designed in the principle to reduce on the heap. Changing this would not only mean quite some changes in the compiler/RTL with no real gain, but it would also change a core aspect of the Object Pascal language.
> What’s the principle that says classes should always be on the heap?  The
> old object style classes used to be on the stack but for some reason they
> decided change this to heap only.  I didn’t really think much about it
> until I saw how c++ had this optional and then it occurred to me all the
> Create…Free blocks I’ve used so often that could just be on the stack
> instead.  Point taken about it being lots of work to implement though.

You can still use objects.

> Btw can you override the memory manager used for class constructors? If a class reused the same block of memory that would have a similar effect and useful for tight loops where you’re allocating/deallocating memory over and over again.

You can do this for particular classes by overriding NewInstance.


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