|how does purify work? email@example.com (2000-08-04)|
|re: how does purify work? firstname.lastname@example.org (David Chase) (2000-08-05)|
|From:||David Chase <email@example.com>|
|Date:||5 Aug 2000 21:39:27 -0400|
The short (and perhaps relevant) technology is that they use patented
technology. In the-o-ry, if you are "skilled in the art" then it
should all be obvious once you have read the patents. Reed Hastings
is the inventor on most of them.
> [Doesn't it stick extra code into your program to audit all of the
> allocation, freeing, and pointer references? Dunno if it hacks the
> source or rewrites the object. -John]
It rewrites the object, and keeps a bitmap for large hunks of memory,
and uses a replacement version of malloc/free to keep track of what
has been programmatically allocated, and a conservative garbage
collector to keep track of what is leaked and what is not (that part
isn't patented -- Boehm & Weiser talked about it in the Software
Practice and Experience Paper on conservative garbage collection).
That's the quick and sleazy definition, anyway. I worked on C++Expert
at Centerline Software some years back; we went to a lot of trouble to
NOT infringe on those patents, and instrumented at the source level in
a source-to-source transformation, which was an entirely different can
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