[fpc-pascal] Managed record questions

Ryan Joseph ryan at thealchemistguild.com
Fri Mar 9 02:47:11 CET 2018

> On Mar 9, 2018, at 3:55 AM, Graeme Geldenhuys <mailinglists at geldenhuys.co.uk> wrote:
> My first question....
>     What is a managed record?
> My second question....
>     Why would I need it?
> My third question.....
>     What is different compared to a "normal record"
>     and compared to FPC's Object data type. eg:  TSomeObject = object;

I think the proper term is "management operators” for records which basically tell you when records are going in and out scope. The obvious use for them is ARC-like systems to manage reference counting. There’s probably other interesting things you could do with them we haven’t figured out yet.

I’m still sticking with Apple’s Cocoa model of the auto-release pool that adds temporary data to a list and dumps it after every even cycle. Easy, doesn’t require new languages features. It’s a stupid waste of resources but that’s modern computing in a nutshell.

> Or is this all about trying to follow Delphi again because they broke the Object Pascal "Object" type and then reintroduced that same functionality (because EMBT developers are id**ts these days) using Records, and magically called it "advanced records". aka Objects - what Turbo Pascal 7 had.

In almost every instance I can think of using so called "managed records" I could have achieved the same benefit by simply not allocating the class on the heap in the first place. Pascal has gone the way of Java or other high level languages that produce tons of garbage by allocating everything on the heap and then performing complicated tricks to dispose of all the waste they made.

c++ solves this easily by having a unified class/record model but Pascal would need to basically overhaul the entire system to make this work. Until then we’re stuck in the middle, using records when we want stack allocation (with a broken OOP model) and using Classes when we need OOP features but forced into dynamic memory management scenarios.

	Ryan Joseph

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