Hi Thomas,

Quite so. Not only is memory availability skyrocketing, but programming is becoming more and more abstract so that one soon won't have to worry about these things very much at all. Still, though I have not taken any programming classes myself but have learnt purely from experience I enjoy picking up some of the theory as well as the practical aspects as I find that having knowledge on both fronts has been useful to me more than once.


And while we're on the subject of memory management, do you yourself make use of garbage collection? I am considering adding it to my engine but have not yet made up my mind, as everything is allocated and freed manually at this point and it has worked rather well so far.

Kind regards,

Philip Bennefall
----- Original Message ----- From: "Thomas Ward" <thomasward1...@gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Audyssey] To Philip on C++


Hi Philip,
Thanks for that. It has been years since I took a class on C++ so I
don't actually remember all the specifics of how much memory each data
type uses, how much memory a pointer uses, etc. I just remember when and
where I should use them. Which is really all that is required. These
days knowing how many byts you are using really isn't that necessary
when we have lots of memory to play with. Still that doesn't mean we
should use a long integer when we could get by with a short integer, or
use a double variable when all we need is a floating point variable. <Grin>



Philip Bennefall wrote:
Hi Thomas,

Pointers do use a little bit of memory, the word size of the
particular platform to be more precise. So a pointer on a 32 bit
platform takes up 32 bits of memory (e.g. 4 bytes), in order to store
the memory address of the location which is being pointed to.

Kind regards,

Philip Bennefall


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