[Newbies] What is a "weak" reference

Michael Davies mykdavies+squeak at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 18:03:44 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM, Herbert König <herbertkoenig at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hello Michael,
> Child>>>parent
> MD>     ^ Parent allInstances detect: [ :each | each children includes: self ]
> allInstances scans *every* object in the image which is slow.

Ouch, I can see that it would be :-)

> The garbage collector needs a path to a root object (whatever that is)
> so a purely circular reference does not prevent garbage collection of
> parent and child.

Thanks, that's interesting - does that mean that the parent-child
linkage in Rob's example isn't the root cause of his problem?

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