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Obj-C Garbage Collection coming to Leopard!
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Jan 15, 2006, 11:16 AM
(First, for the record, no, I do not have a life)

I was reading through the man page on gcc in 10.4.4 and I came across this:

Enable garbage collection (GC) for Objective-C objects. The
resulting binary can only be used on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and
later systems, due to additional functionality needed in the (NeXT)
Objective-C runtime

This implies to me that we might not ever have to see posts about Obj-C memory handling in the future!
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Jan 15, 2006, 04:22 PM
That's rad, just as long as we don't have to use it (for those of us who garner perverse pleasure from retaining and releasing).
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Jan 21, 2006, 04:34 PM
This has been obvious for a while now. Ever since 10.4 came out, NSObject had documentation for things like:
- (void)finalize

Called by the garbage collector when the receiver is not referenced by other objects.
Note: Garbage collection is not available for use in Mac OS X v10.4, nor in earlier versions.
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