The Garbage Collection Handbook

The Garbage Collection Handbook

Richard Jones

Guest reviewer Paul Bone presents a few thoughts on Richard Jones’s “The Garbage Collection Handbook”:

There are a number of topics within computer science that many developers regard as “magical”, thinking “oh, I could never implement that, or understand that”. There are also topics that seem to attract a lot of misinformation. Garbage collection is both of these and Richard Jones’ Garbage Collection Handbook is the solution.

This is the first text book I have ever read (almost) cover-to-cover, I found the topic fascinating and the book explained it well, starting with simple algorithms and building up to descriptions of many state-of-the-art collectors. Jones also maintains online resources and a bibliography of garbage collection related information.

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