Chapter 4. Memory Management

Let’s say that two instances of Person each have a favoriteColor that is a pointer to a color object. If two people have the same favoriteColor, the objects will have pointers to the same color object. As the people age, their favorite color might change. Eventually, the color object might be no one’s favorite (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. The Problem

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We do not want this orphaned color to be taking up room in the memory of our program. We want the memory deallocated so that we can put new objects in that memory, but we must be sure that the color is not deallocated while any objects are pointing to it.

This is a relatively ...

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