Revision as of 17:35, 28 December 2008
A garbage collector deallocates unused allocated memory from time to time. This way, in Haskell memory deallocation can be hidden, making the language (more) declarative.
A simple idea of implementing a garbage collector would be to count the references to an object and delete the object, when the last reference disappears.However in a cyclic data structures like
Thus garbage collection is a bit more complicated and thus needs more effort and phases, where it is applied. Garbage collection is also a bit difficult to handle with respect to real-time processing.