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The Garbage Collection Handbook: The Art of Automatic Memory Management (Chapman & Hall/CRC Applied Algorithms and Data Structures series)

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Published in 1996, Richard Jones’s Garbage Collection was a milestone book in the field. Since the field has changed considerably, there is a need for an updated look at where garbage collection and memory management research stands today. This book explores new challenges, such as concurrency and parallelism, while following the successful format of the previous book. It

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Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 25th 2011 by Taylor & Francis, Inc. (first published May 15th 2010)
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Aaron Patterson
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book will give you excellent pointers to add to your remembered set!
Konrad Kokosa
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant book on the subject of automatic memory management. Kudos to the authors for such a complex and thourough gathering of so huge material on the subject. Well-thought-out structure of the book makes it easy to learn even it so comprehensive. You will learn here probably every possible variant of the garbage collector, from basic concepts to some implementation details (in pseudo-doce). It puts a lot emphasis on theory, only mentioning specific implementations (i.e. JVM).

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thirtytwobirds
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A really great overview of various GC algorithms.

Note that the second edition isn't just a revision of the first edition. It dropped some of the more basic information in favor of including new content, and explicitly says to look at the first edition for the details of some of the more basic algorithms. So you might want to get both editions.
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eagerly waiting for this one to come out...soon, soon my pretties
Jakub
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Given the complexity of the topic, the book is well structured and written. As such it does help to understand the approaches and their impact. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about what is under the hood of languages such as Java.
Paul Bone
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best overview of garbage collection.

This book provides the best broad overview of garbage collection, while also providing enough detail that readers will be able follow and analyse more detailed literature on specific GC algorithms. Jones also provides many references, along with those on his website for further reading.

Definitely worth-while if you're planning to implement a garbage collector.
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Richard is Professor of Computer Systems in the School of Computing at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1976. He spent a few years teaching at school and college before returning to higher education at the University of Kent, where he has remained ever since, receiving an M.Sc. in Computer Science in 1989. In 1998 Richard co-founded th ...more

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