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Discussion on: Are you worried where your garbage goes?

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Vinay Pai

It's very good to see a relatively new programmer go below the surface and try to understand how things work under the hood. Modern tools often let you get away with superficial knowledge, but I think people who understand the underlying mechanisms will do better in the long run.

You may never write a garbage collector yourself or write code in a language where you need to worry about explicit memory management, but knowing what's going on underneath will definitely help you avoid pitfalls that other people aren't even aware of.