Sockets and finalisation

John M McIntosh johnmci at
Fri Jan 23 00:41:27 UTC 2004

On Jan 22, 2004, at 1:42 PM, Andreas Raab wrote:

> Finalization is
> sometimes understood to be "sort of" resource management but in almost  
> all
> "real world applications" this won't work too well.

Here, here. I personally have received phone calls from the far side of  
the world when folks have
abused finalization, then on production day realize it's "sort of"

I always say: objects get finalized "someday" in the future in a  
different order than you expect, at
a different rate than you expect,  and at a different time than you  

Each of those 'expects' is cause for disaster.

John M. McIntosh <johnmci at> 1-800-477-2659
Corporate Smalltalk Consulting Ltd.

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