On 5/11/2021 4:09 AM, Ryan Joseph via fpc-devel wrote:

On May 10, 2021, at 5:59 PM, Kostas Michalopoulos via fpc-devel 
<fpc-devel@lists.freepascal.org> wrote:

You do not need any special language feature for that, you can simply do 
something like


yes but we can't get back the reference. It's a small thing but making this 
possible as return type means we can chain the calls together and make it a one 
line statement. It's just a nice thing from Objective-C which we use heavily to 
manage memory and it works very well.

How about function ReleaseLater(Obj: TObject): TObject that simply returns Obj? (though TBH i can't say i am a fan of these chains from a readability perspective).

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