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Re: [xsl] concern of garbage collection with functional languages

2016-09-26 22:53:22
On Tue, 2016-09-27 at 03:26 +0000, Mukul Gandhi 
   I've been reading in computer science literature off late, that
implementing functional languages behind the hoods do not do garbage
collection (good languages must do garbage collection).
"citation needed" (as Wikipedia puts it) for this nonsense :)

Functional languages have been doing garbage collection for some 50
years. There have been tons of papers on how to do it - e.g. with
reachability analysis or with reference counting. Garbage Collection
was first described in 1962 for LISP, but that language had procedural
aspects; the ISWIM family of languages in 1966 had garbage collection
(see the 1966 paper by Landin).

Other language implentations with GC have included ML, Lua, Prolog
(declarative, I think rather than FP, if one is being pedantic),
Haskell, OCaml, almost all LISP dialects, Erlang, Scheme, even

Can this be a
concern for a language like XSLT? Particularly, XSLT 1.0 version
MSXML is not implemented in Java (that offers automatic garbage

The implementation language is nothing at all to do with whether the
compiler/interpreter does runtime garbage collection itself.


Liam R. E. Quin <liam(_at_)w3(_dot_)org>
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