A garbage collector is a person who picks up your garbage from out side your door, usually a person employed by the city to do so. In less savory neighborhoods, this may be the person next door.


In computer science, a process, or a thread, or even an OS feature that cleans up memory usuage after a process finishes running. This makes sure that if a process explodes, and runs rampant on your machine, malloc() -ing memory, and never free()-ing it, that your machine will still have resources left over.

Java has automatic garbage collection, as well as Microsoft .NET upcoming platform. It is a huge advantage to not have to worry about your programming, although i think it will usher in an era of sloppier code (quite the opposite of what java is intending to do). Abstraction can be bad in a high amount, IMO.

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