[concurrency-interest] Strong/Soft/Weak/Phantom reference primer?

Tim Clendenen timmyc at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 9 18:56:21 EST 2008


http://weblogs.java.net/blog/enicholas/archive/2006/05/understanding_w.html
http://developers.sun.com/learning/javaoneonline/j1sessn.jsp?sessn=TS-2707&yr=2007&track=5

Kessel, Chris wrote:
>
> The latest run of questions about the various reference types have 
> made me realize I’m really ignorant on the subject. I’ve read through 
> the javadoc on Reference, but I’m not grokking how they come into play 
> or when you’d want to specifically create something like a 
> WeakReference object or what you do with it. I get hard is a direct 
> reference, but the other flavors get fuzzy in my mind as to why ‘d 
> need them.
>
> Does someone recommend a website for a good explanation and examples 
> of each Reference type and the kinds of problems they solve?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chris
>
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