Compact Framework – Understanding GC/Memory management

Abhinaba from the .NET Compact Framework team has been writing a series of blog posts on the subject of Compact Framework, understanding memory allocation, garbage collection, mark/sweep vs. generational collection, and more to come!

Here’s a link to the articles – and to Abhinabas blog homepage – I really like the embedded photos on the blog (and by embedded I mean photos in the blog post, not photos of robots, medical devices and factory automation systems).

  • Memory allocation, a walk down the history
  • Why use garbage collection
  • Reference Counting Garbage Collection
  • Mark-sweep garbage collection
  • Copying garbage collection
  • Optimizing reference counting garbage collection
  • Handling overflow in mark stage
  • Generational Garbage Collection
  • How does the GC find object references
  • More to come … 🙂
  • - Mike

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