memory management

Posted on 2003-03-30
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how do i create an object or any other variable and destroy it from the memory as and when required. I need this procedure in details cause i am developing a system which uses " GOTO " function extensively. as you all know the goto function causes entered details to linger around in the memory. I want to get rid of this memory. What should i do ? Please do guide me. I could also i could also do with some books to refer to. Thank You.
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.NET essentially ELIMINATES the ability to 'manage' objects/memory yourself.  Rather that using DETERMINISTIC destruction (an object is removed from memory at a specific time, under the control of the program), .NET uses Garbage Collection (NON-DETERMINISTIC desctruction), so that unused objects are removed from memory when the need to the space arises.  That means that the programmer has very little control over EXACTLY when that actually occurs.

It is also VERY VERY bad programming practice to use the GOTO statement.  An not simply for the reason that you mentioned.  GOTO leades to code that is ALMOST impossible to maintain (also known as 'spaghetti code').


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I agree that goto is always a bad idea.

When the managed heap is looking for things to collect, it checks each item and looks to see what is still referencing it.  If no one has a reference to it, it can be marked for later deletion.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but if you use a goto, references may still exist, even though you may not come back to that code.

Rather than delete them explicitly, the best you could do is set the variable to null, eliminating the reference.  That will help the garbage collector, but I don't think it's a real solution to the problem.

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to help the garabage collector, after finish using a object assign null to his reference.

The garbage collector will free space of object only when there is no reference to this object.

I recommend you as me fellow members to avoid goto and to use an O.O method.

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Arthur_Wood is mostly correct in what he said.  If left to its own devices the .NET framework destroys objects as it sees fit.  This is great for most applications (reduces the worry of memory leaks and such).  However, if you create several very large object and then you want to recover the memory right away, there is a way to do this.


this code explicitly calls the garbage collector.  There is, of course, a price to pay for this garbage collection.  You will take a small performance hit when this code is called, but sometimes it's worth it.  That's up for you to decide (just keep this code out of a loop and you should be fine).
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There is one place where a goto can be acceptable: in a switch statement, to jump from the end of one case to another case.

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if u want to get rid of an object:


if the object is not referenced in another place, it will be destroyed.
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Azmodan, while this is correct, it is NOT suggested behviour since running the garbage collection is fairly expensive (in the means of CPU resources). Just as a sidenote.

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