|Strong/weak pointers firstname.lastname@example.org (Michiel Helvensteijn) (2008-09-01)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers email@example.com (lican) (2008-09-01)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers Jan.Vorbrueggen@thomson.net (=?ISO-8859-15?Q?Jan_Vorbr=FCggen?=) (2008-09-02)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers firstname.lastname@example.org (Marco van de Voort) (2008-09-02)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers email@example.com (2008-09-02)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers firstname.lastname@example.org (Dmitry A. Kazakov) (2008-09-02)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers email@example.com (Armel) (2008-09-03)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers firstname.lastname@example.org (glen herrmannsfeldt) (2008-09-03)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers email@example.com (JW) (2008-09-03)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers firstname.lastname@example.org (=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Christoffer_Lern=F6?=) (2008-09-04)|
|Re: Strong/weak pointers email@example.com (GPS) (2008-09-06)|
|From:||glen herrmannsfeldt <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 03 Sep 2008 09:58:59 -0800|
|Posted-Date:||03 Sep 2008 15:15:56 EDT|
> Well, to be honest I think if you give a programmer too much power he/
> she wouldn't know what to do with it. In this case it would be
> something like 'should I use the weak one? no, I have to have at least
> one reference... but wait, what will be deleted first?' and such.
The idea of Strong/Weak pointers reminds me most of ordinary and
weak external references in some systems. A weak external reference
won't pull in a library routine, but will be resolved if the symbol
is already defined, either through another non-weak reference or
as an alternate entry point to an already included module.
They aren't needed all that often, but sometimes can be useful.
I don't understand the connection to calls to routines in
other languages. I sort of see the connection to Fortran
ALLOCATABLE, but it seems a weak connection to me.
At first I thought that it would helps with the circular
linked list problem, but it seems that it doesn't help
all that much.
Are there any good examples of how to use them?
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