Abigail abigail at
Thu May 10 16:57:38 BST 2007

On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 11:25:48AM +0100, Adrian Howard wrote:
> On 10 May 2007, at 10:02, Pete Sergeant wrote:
> [snip]
> >Why would a Perl programmer be familiar with the concepts of  
> >'stack' and
> >'heap'? You could come up with some slightly-off analogy involving
> >scope, but stil...
> [snip]
> Because they're general programming concepts that anybody who's a  
> vaguely decent developer should be familiar with?

In that case, 'heap' is a bad example, because it can mean two totally
different things. Implementists of languages will use 'heap' if they 
talk about the are where dynamic memory is allocated. However, a 'heap'
is also a specific type of datastructure more familiar with programmers.


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