Thread: Garbage Collector, Managed Heap etc.

  1. #1
    Alessio Stella
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    May 2008
    Italy, Bologna

    Garbage Collector, Managed Heap etc.

    Please do not move this thread on "Windows programming" cause I am a C programmer under Linux who needs to make some code also under Windows but this question IS NOT on strictly-Windows matters. It is instead about Garbage Collector and Managed Heap Objects and variables, which is somethiong more general than just Windows matters.

    (1) When I alloc on the Managed Heap a new instance of var/obj. with something similar to

    public ref class Form1 : public System::Windows::Forms::Form
       private: System::String^ Str;
    void Initialize(void)
       this->Str = gcnew System::String("");
    is there a method I can call to explicitely free the resource when not needed or do I have to let this be done by the garbage collector?

    In another example
    private: System::Void button2_Click(System::Object^  sender, System::EventArgs^  e) 
      System::String^ TempStr;
      TempStr=String::Format("DataLen= {0:D}\n",Req.DataLen);
    I did not have to use gnew cause this is implicitely called (I have been told in another thread) by String::Format
    Where is it easy to the find the answer to this question: a method calls implicitely gcnew or not?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Inside my computer
    Sorry, this is C++/CLI, not C (and does it really matter where the thread is located?).

    For 1) I don't know if there is one or not, but I do not think it's recommended that you do it manually.
    As for 2) What does it matter? String is a class and handles its internal memory management by itself. This is standard C++, even without it being managed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Adak View Post
    io.h certainly IS included in some modern compilers. It is no longer part of the standard for C, but it is nevertheless, included in the very latest Pelles C versions.
    Quote Originally Posted by Salem View Post
    You mean it's included as a crutch to help ancient programmers limp along without them having to relearn too much.

    Outside of your DOS world, your header file is meaningless.

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    Deathray Engineer MacGyver's Avatar
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    The arrogancy of telling the mods not to move C++/CLI code from the C forums is pretty stunning. If you don't even know what language you're writing in, what kind of programmer are you?

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